These past few weeks at the University of the Sunshine Coast have ben so amazing so far. Please take my apology for falling off the grid!! I promise I will give you a good description on how it’s been going in the next few paragraphs and posts :)
Week 1 - Orientation Week (O-Week)
Oh wow, coming here was such an exciting moment in my life. I had always imagined myself doing this, coming here alone and being able to experience something no one I previously knew will experience. To anyone ever considering traveling alone at any point in your life - I HIGHLY recommend doing so :) It’s such an awesome chance to find yourself, be who you really are and not have to hold anything back. Of course I was nervous about making new friends, but putting yourself out there really goes a long way! Everyone here is so friendly and absolutely down to make new friends.
I first arrived at the Sunshine Coast airport on one of the very few rainy days I’ve seen here, and I still was in love with it all. My room is absolutely perfect. My own bathroom, lots of closet space, a desk, and the view of the lake and a palm tree right outside my window. I keep that window open 24/7 - love waking up to the natural light peaking through ahaha.
I share this awesome apartment with three other roommates, two guys and a girl, one of the guys being another American (and they’re all great!) :) outside my apartment, there is a pavilion where most of the people at my apartment complex, UniCentral, hang out. Outside the pavilion, there is also a pool which is such a fun and relaxing place to chill out. Along with the accommodation, there are so many great people here! :) I love everyone I meet, which is definitely not unusual but I am still so happy to already have some really good friends. There are a lot of international students from all over the world, but for the most part being from Sweden, France, the US and Canada. I love how I’ve made friends from all around the world here, it’s pretty unexpected but I’m loving it :)
The pool, pavillion to the left
Pathway from uni to the apartments (to the right), mine being the last one in the row. They overlook the lake/swampland. So pretty sitting on the balcony at night. :)
O-Week was basically one day of orientation for international students on Monday, and the rest of the week off until classes starting on that following Monday. I got there the Friday before that orientation and didn’t even realize that.. haha absolute serendipity :) Met so many people that weekend, and it is so awesome that the bus brings us to the beach in around 10-15 minutes. It actually doesn’t even seem that long when you’re actually riding on it when you have friends with you either so it’s totally cool haha
Oh! This school also rocks because we received a bus pass with $65 credit on it :)
Anyways, the first week flew by.. just like all of them for that matter. Classes began that next Monday and I was so eager to get the ball rolling!
Weeks 2 & 3
My first week of classes went perfectly smooth, I have a great schedule with Fridays being off. I like it like that so I’m able to plan other trips to travel around Australia. I have been in the Sydney area quite a bit, went to the south coast as well, and now I’ve come up here on the Sunny Coast, but there is so much more I want to see. I have some trip ideas planned out already, so I guess you guys will have to just wait and see about how that plays out because I’m not really sure about it yet myself :) just letting life lead me
Ahh but my classes have been going great. I’m taking a course on Climate Change, and three sustainability classes, all of which are very interesting and I love how I’m actually able to focus on things that I’m passionate about. Although it makes me feel like there is actually a little more of a challenge ahead of me if I want to make a difference in the world, I keep getting an awesome, overwhelming feeling of excitement that I’m actually going to do it. Haha… coming to Australia is just the beginning of that process. In North Dakota I felt like I was being held back so much with their lack of innovation in regards to sustainability. Don’t get me wrong, I can see they are trying to make a difference, and I did the same while I was there to help people understand and realize their impact on the planet, but it’s just not the place I need to be in order to grow and become who I see myself being. I just feel like this is where I belong - always have :)
I also have noticed the weird weather patterns here, and I love them hahaha.. it will rain for no more than an hour, usually about 10 minutes and be completely sunny and beautiful out once again. Sun showers are my absolute favorite and those have also been an occurrence here on the Sunny Coast.
Oh and another thing I want to share with you, which I am a little ashamed of/proud of myself for. I had never cooked for anyone - or myself for that matter - before I came here. I’m pretty embarrassed about that and I wasn’t too worried coming up here that I would be having much of a problem. I was actually very excited to start cooking and buying my own food, like exactly what I want. I either walk to the grocery store or take the bus to the fruit and vegetable markets. I started out cooking very basic but after about my 2nd and 3rd week here I got the hang of everything and now I’ve actually gotten to the point where I really enjoy my meals hahaha :) :) good news for me hey!
Anyways, besides all that stuff I’ve just been taking everything day by day, enjoying every second I have here living my dream. Making lots of friends, soaking up the sun (with lots of SPF 50), constant smile on my face. Life is good on the Sunny Coast :)