Sydney is My City

Hey everyone, I know it’s been a while but I’m back.  I’ve done a lot since my last post so there’s tons to talk about.  At this point, Sydney has started to feel like home to me.  I have become so used to my surroundings and my apartment, it no longer feels like I’m abroad.  I’ve explored and been all over Sydney, to the point where I feel confident I could find my way home from anywhere in the City.  That being said, let’s talk about what I’ve been up to since my last blog.  For starters, I went to my first ever Australian Football League game.  CAPA gave some of the students on the program free tickets to a Sydney Swans game.  It was a great experience.  The game was unlike any sporting event I have ever been to in my life.  The play was very fast paced with players constantly moving all over the field.  I would definitely recommend going to see a game.

More recently, I went to visit my friend Sam in Newcastle, which is about a two-hour train ride north of Sydney.  I met Sam in the fall semester at Pitt this past year.  He was an exchange student at the University, and when one of my roommates dropped out of our apartment prior to the start of the school year, Sam took his place.  When he was at Pitt, he told me all about Australia and where he lived.  The way he spoke about Australia and the atmosphere here, was perhaps the main reason I chose to study in Sydney as opposed to anywhere else.  It was great to finally meet his family whom he had already told me so much about.  His mom made my first home cooked meal since I had been in Australia, which I was very thankful for.  I was only there for one night, as I had to return for class the next day.

Overall, my classes have been going really well.  I feel like I have learned a lot from both my professors.  As I stated in my previous post, one of my main goals while I was here, was to communicate more with my professors.  I believe I succeeded in accomplishing that goal.  My professors and I talk often in class and outside of class via email.  I feel like I developed a good relationship with both of them during my time here.  I am especially thankful for the relationship I developed with Professor Hegde, as I will be able to see him again once I return to Pitt.  Outside of class, I believe that I have definitely become more independent.  Without the luxury of being able to easily call my parents anytime something went wrong, I learned to work through the problem and fix it myself.  The absence of my parents has also lead me to be a better grocery shopper/cook.  I’m still not great, but I’m working on it.  Well, anyway, that’s it for this post.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more.