Wednesday was filled with typical orientation information sessions. The Australian academic system is a lot different from the United States, there are not grades like A, B, C . . . but rather marks like high distinction, distinction, credit, pass, and fail unlike in the U.S. where students start with a 100% in the class you start with 0 in Australia and have to work your way up with only about two assignments and a final exam. I received my "timetable" (class schedule); I don't have classes on Mondays or Tuesdays, which gives me more time to travel on the weekends! We ate lunch at a fish and chips place near campus then had some free time before the next meetings. I went to the train station to purchase my train/bus pass and also the post office to order a proof of age card. We didn't have this problem in Sydney, but a lot of places in Fremantle will not accept our United States drivers licenses to show our age so we either always have to carry our passports around or get this proof of age card. After the rest of the meetings we had a cookout in one of the University's courtyards then had one last information session about traveling throughout Western Australia. I applied to be an RA for the dorm and have been offered the position, it will be a good way for me to get to know everyone in the dorm. I think I might do it just want to make sure it is not too much of a time commitment because I still want to travel on the weekends.
I hope everyone is doing well at home! Thanks for all the comments on the blog!