So if you haven’t already guessed, I am leaving Australia in one week!
What am I feeling?
Mixed emotions really. I’m excited to see my family and friends, and sad to be leaving my friends here. Some of the new friends I have met are headed back home for good, whereas others (like me), are coming back for another semester!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been following my posts and writing to me! I cannot tell you how cool it is to be hearing from people all over the world (i.e. Iceland, Brazil, and Canada), asking me about Australia! It’s been great! 🙂
All the best,
Australian Campus Life:
What’s your typical day like?
Interacting with Australians and other cultures:
Have you been able to kindle Aussie relationships?
Yes. One of my housemates is Australian as is my boyfriend.
Are you involved in an international community?
Yes. I live with 5 girls (from Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Norway, and Brazil) and we’re friends with other international students from the United States, from France, and from parts of South America.
Did you have issues with culture shock? How did you overcome it?
At first, but it’s easy to get used to.
Do you feel homesick? How do you deal with it?
At first, no: https://praychau.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/feeling-homesick/ But at times, yes. I’m looking forward to coming home in one week’s time.
How’s the food “Down Under”?
Expensive. But good. I haven’t had kangaroo steak yet, but I hear it’s amazing.
How is eating/socialising out different?
You don’t tip in certain places. Some places you are not escorted to your table, you have to go to order, pay upfront then take a number. Then, you are to be seated and then a waiter will come around and give you your meal.
University / Academic:
What are some differences in the grading system?
I find marking is significantly harder in Australia simply because they mark you from 0 to 100%, whereas in the U.S. and Canada we start at 100% and marked down towards zero. In other words, it’s all about not making mistakes in the U.S. and Canada, and Australia is about earning every percentage.
How are your professors?
Back at Carleton, I find my professors take the time to throughly introduce the material and their expectations. At Macquarie, I find for the most part, lecturers here are very vague when it comes to outlining their expectations. Therefore, when writing assignments, it makes things very complicate when the professors themselves do not articulate what they’re looking for.
What are tutorials like in comparison to your home university?
I really enjoyed my tuts with Dr. Atkin, he made the tuts very interesting and fun 🙂 I find tutorials at home very boring (at times), but very helpful and essential to my success.
What’s the workload like? How do you balance it all?
What are lectures like in comparison to your home university?
Lectures are not compulsory, however small classes make attendance mandatory.
Living in Australia:
What is your favourite thing about living in Australia? What do you think of Aussies?
Have you been in any funny, interesting cultural experiences?
When my friend Tom picked me up to take me out to dinner, I hopped in on the wrong side of the car and he asked me if I was going to drive us to the restaurant.
How have people reacted to you?
I am always asked if I am American, but past that, there hasn’t been much reaction. People in Australia have been very welcoming … must be because I’m foreign. That fact alone must automatically make me cool right?! 🙂
Have you gone on any trips, excursions?
Does your uni provide excursions and have you participated?
Yes it does! Macquarie provides tons of opportunities I wish I took more advantage of … oh well, there’s always February! I went to the Harbour bridge and the Hunter Valley Wine tasting trip 🙂
What has been your favourite location/activity?
Favourite Location: Darling Harbour.
What are the must-see locations?
Check out my updated Top 20 list: https://praychau.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/my-list-of-top-20-places-to-see-in-sydney-aus/
Interest in Australia:
What brought you to Australia?
Need for adventure. What’s making me come back? An international relation. 🙂
What is your favourite aspect of being in Australia?
That it’s nothing like home, but kind of feels like it.
Have your opinions or ideas changed? How?
Not quite, looking forward to seeing you again next year!
How have you managed your money? What advice do you have to stay on a budget? https://praychau.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/how-have-you-managed-your-money/
Do you have a job?
No, but I would like to get one when I come back.
What have you gained from your study abroad experience? How have you changed from studying in Australia?
More responsibility, more confidence, more knowledge, more connections, more experiences, and more happiness. 🙂
Postcards from Australia:
Adventures Down Under: