Well here I am, two weeks into my trip to Australia and I have yet to update the blog here. I am going to blame in very very limited internet for the past few weeks but it has really also just been mass chaos as I have been trying to get everything over here set. Before I get into what has happened the past few weeks, I will give you a bit of background on me, my life, and my plans here in Australia.
I am currently a Junior at the University of Redlands in California. Redlands is a small liberal arts school in the mountains east of LA. I have lived in Southern California all of my life so I am a California girl through and through. I am studying speech pathology and am actually almost done with my degree and will be graduating a semester early (winter 2011). I certainly have not done the typical college thing because I am doing a year abroad. This semester (spring 2011) is actually my second semester abroad. Last semester I was abroad in Costa Rica with IFSA Butler. I had an amazing time in Costa Rica so I am very excited to be here in Australia with IFSA. This transition from States to Costa Rica to States and now to Australia has been a bit much but I am very excited to see what life has to hold for me here.
Now on to Australia stuff:
I left about two weeks ago on the group flight that left out of LAX. My parents just drove me up there so thankfully I only had the one 14 hour flight. The flight itself was not bad, I slept for most of it as I had been so busy unpacking what never got unpacked from Costa Rica and repacking everything back up, that I had not gotten much sleep. When I arrived in Sydney, we were met by the IFSA staff and taken to our orientation site. We were at this sports park that had a motel on the campus (think summer sleep away camp where you do lots of sports). On our first day we took a hike around the campus and received some info on life in Australia. At about 7pm we were all exhausted and basically just crashed. Day two consisted of a trip to the zoo in the city and then some time to walk around and see the Opera House and surround area. The next day we had our information sessions about our university here. I am at Macquarie University which is about 45 minutes on the train outside of the center of Sydney. After our info session we headed out for some surf lessons. Finally, on Thursday we headed out to the actually university and moved into our rooms. I am living in what is call the University Village which is basically a collection of town houses that have 5 students living in each one. We each have our own bedroom and bathroom and just share a kitchen and common area (random fact: this is where the Canadian Olympic team stayed during the Olympics). Hopefully I will have a little video tour uploaded for you all soon.
For the past week and a half we have just been hanging out here in Sydney, getting use to everything here. Classes did start today which I was actually quite excited about. It has been a bit hard with nothing to do so school will be a good time filler.
I think that is about it for now. I am sure I missed something but I will try and fill it in later. I am going to try and get videos up today or tomorrow (provided that I can actually be smarter than the computer and flip camera and figure that out). If you all have any questions about being abroad in Australia, Costa Rica, in general, or just whatever, feel free to message me. This is my second go around with this whole abroad thing so I kinda have a bit of a handle on it and can try and answer questions.