FIrst of all...
Good morning everybody!! It's currently a sunny Monday morning here in Aussie land, and I'm sitting outside at a Uni table during my 2 hour break between labs. First of all, I want to apologize for not posting for a while, things have been pretty hectic here with classes starting to be in full swing. Because of this, we have not had as much free time to go out and adventure around like we did before classes had started. Secondly, I want to say that studying abroad is not what everyone assumes it to be. It is not just a vacation, and you do not just party all the time. It's simply going to college and working towards your degree in another country, with the blessing of being able to see everything that that country and culture has to offer; as well as neighboring countries around it (if you're lucky). Yes, I get to travel a lot, but it's during University breaks and around my class schedule. I am beyond blessed for this opportunity, I can’t even explain how lucky I am; but people are always quick to say, "Oh you're studying abroad, you won't be doing anything except for partying and going to the beach!" At the end of the day, I am studying abroad. Not partying abroad. I have to receive a certain grade in order for my credits to transfer and my classes to even count!
Since my courses here at the Uni don't have homework or small assignments like we do in the States, all of my final exams are worth 50% of my final grade. The other 50% is split up into two lab reports that are worth 25% each. This means only 3 chances to get a good grade. In Australia, they don't have General Education requirements that need to be taken throughout first and second year of college. My freshman and sophomore year at High Point were spent taking Finite Math, Modern History, Intro to Biology, Reading, Writing and Spanish 1 & 2 to fulfill the Gen-Ed requirements. The Aussies jump right into their majors from the start, so the people who are my age are way more knowledgable about Psychology than I am, or at least it feels so, which is quite intimidating. So knowledge wise, I am 2 years behind here. It's not a bad thing, because professors and classmates know I am from America, but it just means I have to work twice as hard, if not more than that. So for those people who think that studying abroad means having absolutely no cares, depending on your course load and your major, that statement is not always accurate!
Sundays are for Rugby & french Fries
Yesterday (Sunday), was a beautiful winter's day, and the Newcastle Knights were playing the Sydney Roosters. They are rivals in the sport of Rugby, which is huge in Australia. For those who don't know, (it's okay, I didn't/still don't), rugby is best described as a blend of the contact of American football, the running of soccer, and the transition of basketball. The goal of the game is to run with an oval ball across the opponent's goal line or to kick it through the upper portion of the goal posts. The Newcastle Knights are not having a great season, they lost yesterday, but it was still so much fun to be in the environment of the fan-filled stadium, eating loaded french fries, drinking beer with friends and to feel like a true Aussie. And we got to see a breathtaking sunset during the game (pictured above).
Stay tuned for another post coming soon because ...
9 DAYS 'TIL THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!!!!!