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
Mrs. B Elizabeth, sounds like you are having a wonderful experience. I am so happy you have this unbelievable opportunity. Really enjoying the blog and all of the pictures. How great you were able to meet up with a Beaumont student. Stay well and stocked with sunscreen.
Sister Diana Great to learn about some of your experiences. While I know it is hot, it sure beats the cold & snow at home. It sounds as if you are off to a great start with your involvement in several different activities. What an adventure! It's also nice that you see the differences in the various parts of Australia. How large is the Uni? How many students were part of the orientation? I'll keep checking to keep updated on your experiences. Be safe and take care. Blessings!
Townsend Clarke Dad EB, HOT, HOT HOT. Wish we had it. Here is COLD, COLD, COLD. Good to get your updates. So exited for you to see Australia and meet new friends. Sounds like you are as busy as ever and adding the RA job as well. Continue to expand your horizons and meet new people from all over the world.
Elizabeth Clarke Thanks Mrs. Barnett, it was great to see Kaleigh she was so welcoming! No worries I have tons of sunscreen . . . I hope you are doing well!!!