Madison Politte-Corn ’20

Madison is a psychology major and statistics minor from Fort Worth, Texas.


Bryan International Fellow in Adolescent Well-Being

Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University | New South Wales, Australia

Week 8:
Farewell Australia


August 4, 2019 | My last week in Australia is here! I think when I arrive back home it’ll feel like I just woke up from a long dream. I’ve learned so much–how to find a good apartment, how to use public transport, how to plan an itinerary, how to perform moderation analyses in SPSS, how to check and […]

Week 7:
New Zealand


July 29, 2019 | I’m a bit late posting this week’s blog because Jillian and I spent the weekend away from Wifi, in the north island of New Zealand. I planned most of the itinerary during the beginning of my stay in Australia. We both agreed that traveling to a new country alongside another person you know makes the […]

Week 6:
Jillian Down Under


July 21, 2019 | This week I finished up most of my projects in preparation for the arrival of my friend and recent Cornell alum, Jillian Schulte, on Thursday morning. I’m completely done with all of the attractiveness ratings and I’ve finished collating a list of potential research sponsors–on Friday, I also had to contact all of the sponsors […]

Week 5:
The Nitty-Gritty


July 14, 2019 | My time here in Australia is flying! I can’t believe it’s been five weeks. I’m hoping to launch my research project very soon. This experience has taught me that a researchers have a special kind of grit and emotional intelligence, and research is not something that can be rushed.  Although I was originally planning to […]

Week 4:
The Half-Way Point


July 7, 2019 | It was a relatively uneventful week at work–the 4th of July was this week, but here in Australia the 4th is known as “Thursday.” Quite underwhelming. Aussies kind of have the opposite of Independence Day…they celebrate the Queen’s birthday as a public holiday. I did make s’mores for my housemates in honor of the 4th, […]

Week 3:
Katoomba & Korean BBQ


June 30, 2019 | This week at work I began formatting my Honor’s thesis for publication, as well as continuing to edit my Qualtrics survey in preparation for launching it (hopefully sometime soon!). I’ve also continued my work coding data for the RAW project, and I learned how to perform thematic analysis on qualitative data, which I will be […]

Week 2:
Getting Settled in Sydney


June 23, 2019 | Last weekend I finally moved into somewhere more permanent. I’m living in an apartment in Lane Cove, which is only about 25 minutes away from both work and the city (in Sydney, any commute under an hour is considered good!) The bus stop to Macquarie is right outside my apartment, which makes getting to work […]

Week 1:
“Welcome to Wintery Oz!”


June 14, 2019 | The Centre for Emotional Health (CEH) is a research organization located at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. The CEH houses numerous research laboratories, all of which aim to further the understanding of emotional disorders and improve treatment across the life span. I became familiar with the site while researching the work of Dr. Ron Rapee, […]