This week has been packed with all of the typical orientation sessions. Yesterday was "O-Day" all of the new students to the university gathered in their specific schools to hear their Deans talk as long as sign the commencement books. Then we all gathered in the streets and had a huge parade throughout the streets of Fremantle led by the Fremantle drum band. All of the clubs had tables outside getting students to join my friends and I joined basketball, a service club and net-ball (an Australian sport hopefully they teach us how to play because I have no idea)! Later in the day the Council General from the United States stationed in Perth came to talk to us about safety and the services he offers for us. His presentation was followed by more sessions such as how to use public transportation and the police talked to us about safety in Fremantle. I then had my RA training then hall games where all of the resident students gathered in the gym and participated in different competitions. Later we got dressed up some of the domestic students took us out in Claremont, another suburb in Perth.
It has been HOT HOT HOT here, sunscreen is a must everyday (actually multiple times a day) Today we had a scavenger hunt throughout Fremantle and Perth; it consisted of five hours between the two cities running around (and taking trains and buses) to receive all of the items on the four-page list. Unfortunately my team only came in second place. We had the rest of the day off then watched some of the Olympics tonight.
From afar life seems similar here, but yet so different at the same time . . .
- Instead of calling school college everyone calls it "Uni"
- People walk around barefoot
- Air conditioning is not very common
- People are extremely friendly
- Everything is three times the price it would be at home