I have officially been in Australia for almost two weeks now. While I love being here there are some things that I’ll just have to get used to in comparison back home. I’ll share a few with you here but there are many more that I’ll just have to explain later!
There’s no late night food
Typical me, I care about the food. However, back home if you want something to snack on at 1 AM after a night out with friends you can easily go to McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Steak n Shake, order a pizza, etc. Here everything closes really early. You might be able to find something open until 9 PM, but that’s debatable. This is working really well in my favor for staying healthy though, which now makes so more sense why people here are actually in shape.
$1 and $2 are coins/No taxes
I constantly keep thinking I have no money, but then I realize that actually I have a ton of money in coins. I’m sure eventually it will be second nature to know that I have money just in coins. It’s also hard to get used to the fact that if something is $2 then it’s $2, no tax!The no tax thing is amazing and I love it.
My university has a bar
The drinking age in Australia is 18 so a little younger than in the states. My university has their own bar called the Ubar. To understand this it is almost like if Atherton Union had it’s own club. Last night there was a summer party and in two weeks there will be a toga party. It’s a little bizarre compared to back in the states where I’m pretty sure this would never happen. Did I mention people sometimes go after class and grab a drink? At least they were the last time I was there.
Those are just a couple things that I have tried to get used to. I’m still looking both ways on the street because I want to be extra safe and I keep forgetting that Aussies drive on the opposite side of the road than we do. I also have to get used to the fact that some Aussies think I say: Aussie, Australia, and other words in a weird way. However, all these differences is exactly what I wanted. So bring it on Aussies. Teach me your ways!
The past couple of days I have been settling into my surroundings. It has been a challenge to get used to looking the correct way when crossing the street as well as figuring out that buying a ton of groceries at once probably isn’t ideal when you have to walk back to your apartment. However, it is gorgeous!
Yesterday we had orientation at our uni (Aussies shorten university to uni). I never realized how large Macquarie was until yesterday. This will be quite the experience because not only have I never been to Australia I have never attended a large school. At Butler I’m used to class sizes of 15-20. Here I could possibly experience lectures of up to 400 people, so that will be interesting.
After orientation we had a hippie or hipster themed party on a boat on the Sydney Harbour! It was so cool. Being able to see the opera house and the Sydney Harbour bridge at night was amazing. I also was able to learn a lot from some Aussies about places to go and things to do so that was really nice.
On the cruise by the Opera House!
So far the only thing I have to complain about Australia is how expensive it is, but other than that it’s so pretty and the people are so nice. I have yet to try Vegemite but that also might be something I complain about.
For most trips I take a lot of time and effort to plan everything out. However with Australia it seems like I am literally just packing every article of clothing I have. This makes packing seem so less important, which is definitely not the case.
While in Australia I will be there for three different seasons! When I arrive it will still be summer time and when I leave it will be the beginning of winter, which means I get my favorite season of the year fall! Although I have heard Australia seasons are a little warmer than ours, obviously Thankfully my airliner allows two free bags, but I’m worried about how I’m going to walk around with all this stuff.
I’m pretty sure I’m the last Butler person to leave for Australia. This will probably be my last blog before I leave! I have 2 days left, and I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m sure this is really reassuring to my family. However, it’s starting to really settle in that I will be gone for 4 months. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you guys. Hopefully I come back alive with no kangaroo attacks or koala attacks to report.
I know there are a lot of my friends at Butler that say they will live vicariously through me. Trust me I will be doing the same with you guys. While I know I will have the time of my life I will still miss each and every one of you at Butler. I can’t wait to hear how Spring Sports goes, how amazing Spring Break trips are, and I especially cannot wait to hear where all the seniors get their first real people job! Until then live away vicariously through my life. As always I will be blogging, tweeting, facebook, and Instagram!
I’m sure I’ve posted this before, but I cannot stop listening to this song!
I think my computer deserves a good farewell/background story. I got my laptop when I was a junior in high school. While I was extremely appreciative of my dad surprising me with a laptop I wish I had a little more say in what I received. The reason I say that is because my computer was 17 inches. My friend Lynn and I would call our computers the tanks because we both had large and in charge computers that would die in under 30 minutes.
For being a tank I felt that my computer lasted a pretty long time. Especially considering the fact that in college you use your laptop for basically everything. Academics, entertainment, and as a distraction, so literally everything. My laptop is particularly important to me, because it is something I have to have for my job. Working in social media means I need to have my laptop all the time, so of course when I found out my computer was donezo, I was a little sad. On top of that I miss Netflix…
Thankfully Butler IT is helping me get some of the documents off of my old computer, which by the way everyone should use Butler IT. I’ve never had to use it before, but it’s a resource that I’m glad I know about now! To say everything worked out in the end is an understatement. A girl in my office is selling me her laptop so I’m glad I don’t have to go searching nine days before I leave.
It was a good run while it lasted tank, but I hope you rest in peace in laptop heaven. And if you are having a bad day just check out this video of corgis.
In exactly one month I leave for Sydney, Australia. To say I am excited is an understatement. Until then I am living in the comforts of my home at my mom’s house. This is all fine and dandy, and I love getting a good laugh from my mom, but seriously I don’t know how commuters live off campus.
I have never lived off campus during my time at Butler. My parents gave me the space I needed and I have been able to experience everything I wanted which was living on campus. For some people living on campus isn’t a big deal, but after my siblings went to a college where commuting was common I knew I wanted to live on campus. Living at home wouldn’t be so bad, but every time I want to see my friends I forget they are all back at Butler.
Thankfully for me I only live 20-30 minutes away from Butler depending on traffic. However, driving back and forth all the time is not ideal because of gas, so I have to be really careful about how many times I actually go to Butler during the week. On top of all this I’m not taking classes right now so even walking around campus without a backpack is also weird.
Commuters I don’t know how you do it but you deserve a gold star. I definitely suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out), so not being on campus is driving me nuts! At least there’s only one month left until I leave for beautiful Australia!
How I will be hanging out in Australia.
When picking a university to attend it can almost seem like you are Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There are a lot of things you have to try and see what is the best fit for you. Once you find the best fit you realize it is just right.
I know there are many of you who are probably still doing exactly what Goldilocks did and trying to figure out what is the best fit for you. A question I hear a lot while giving tours is if Butler is too small? Do I see the same people all the time? The simple answer is no. Let me give you the more in depth answer.
Coming from a large high school, over 3200 students, I felt that Butler would be too small for me. I love meeting new people and getting to know others, so I thought that this would be like high school all over again. Even though I felt this way I just ignored it and still chose Butler. I have never regretted that decision. Yes, Butler is small, but it is just right. I can walk to class and know people on the way there, but I can also walk into a classroom and not know people. To say at Butler everyone knows everyone is extreme. Most of the students do know a lot of people, but it is because most of us are involved in a lot of different activities.
My high school graduation of 600-700 people.
For the most part you could say Butler is how you make it. At Butler I am meeting someone new everyday. There are some of us who do know a lot of people and we would love to know even more people on campus. There are also those who have chose to stick with their core group of friends and are not involved with much, but still have a great time. The point is you can make Butler however you want. Butler doesn’t change you, but rather makes you a better version of yourself.
I hope that you can call Butler home just as so many of us have.
I am not in denial. I realize that Brad left in the middle of summer and went to the Celtics. However there is one piece of Brad that was still left behind in my possession. That one piece of Brad would be a giant size cardboard version of his head.
If you watched Butler on College Gameday when we had the amazing game versus Gonzaga then you probably saw the giant size cut outs of people like Brad Stevens, Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard, Blue 2, and so on. I was lucky to get a cut out of Brad Stevens. However, it is ridiculously large so finding a place to keep it has been difficult. This is why many times I end up putting Brad in a window. Some people love looking up and seeing Brad staring down at them. While others are freaked out by it. Either way I’ve enjoyed the time with my Brad Stevens cut out.
part of the Brad Stevens cutout and I on ESPN.
This past semester I lived in apartment village, which are apartments on Butler’s campus. In our window that looked out over the Butler bowl I decided to place my Brad Stevens cut out just to freak some people out, and also so Brad could continue to look over Hinkle.
A couple weeks ago we got a lot of snow! After a couple days of snow people started to throw snowballs at Brad, so my roommates and I thought why not put a sign in our window with “Can You Hit Brad?” While we thought this was an amazing idea it scared us most of the time because we never knew when someone would start throwing snowballs at our window. Nonetheless it provided my roommates and I with some entertainment as well as Butler students, visitors for basketball games, and whoever else decided to join our fun.
It was good while it lasted, and unfortunately I can’t take Brad to Australia. So goodbye Brad, who knows when he’ll pop up next!
So fortunate to see Brad coaching the Celtics while playing against the Pacers!
Last night Butler played IU in soccer. If you didn’t know IU is the defending champs in Men’s soccer. To preface this you should know three things about me:
1. I’m a little bit of a Butler fan, just kidding, I am a HUGE BUTLER FAN.
2. I have always hated IU, even when I was little.
3. I watch soccer during the World Cup… that’s probably it.
Now that you have those three things to keep in mind let me explain why we are called Bulldogs for a reason. It was the second quarter and fans were starting to leave the Butler Bowl. I guess I understood why they were leaving. Our hearts had sunk when we saw IU score the second goal and Butler was now down 2 to 0. While people around me were being Debbie downers I just kept telling them we could do it. Just stay positive, but what happened after even I did not expect the madness.
In 3 minutes, Butler went from 0 to 2 and tied up the game. I’m giving you the shortened version because if I explained really what happened I would probably be here for a day and you would probably hate me. I can’t imagine being one of the players because I was having a heart attack and I wasn’t even playing. At that moment it brought me back to the same feeling last December when Butler basketball was playing #1 IU and I felt all of the same feelings. Last December we went to overtime, and last night Men’s Soccer went in overtime, not once but twice.
To all those fans who left, I feel sorry for you, because you missed an amazing game. Once again I am biased, but this brings me to my title. We are called bulldogs for a reason, and that’s because no matter what we always put up a fight. I know that’s a pretty weak explanation and I had this whole schpeel I was going to write but it’s 10:22 PM and technically I should be researching right now… so maybe later I will get into my schpeel. My favorite thing though is that while most students are still talking about beating IU last night, I woke up this morning to soccer players up before me practicing on the field. For them it’s on to the next one which is Villanova. Here we come Big East.
Check out this video from a Butler student with the final two goals of the game.
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Thank goodness, spring seems to finally be here. I say seems because you never know with Indiana, it may change back to the 30′s in two days and I will be back to blogging about snowing. Lets hope not.
When spring and warm weather come back on to campus it gets back to being the place that I have come to love. If you have ever visited Butler then you know about the mall. The mall is a large grassy area that goes directly down the middle of our campus. These past couple of days have been awesome, because students have been coming out to the mall to layout, play sports, hang out with friends, or even take a nap. From a tour guides perspective it’s awesome, because this is exactly what college is all about, but especially Butler.
This is the mall. On Sunday it was completely full with students doing so many different activities!
When the weather gets warmer you really see the awesome things about Butler. You see how even though we are a small campus and seem to know everyone you still see people out on the mall that you have never seen in your life. You get to see how amazing our campus looks. Not to brag, but our campus seriously looks like a movie scene. I know I may be biased, but come on a sunny day at Butler and take a look for yourself and come take a tour with me!
While I love my family I find it funny at times at the things they don’t know about applications on the iPhone. It is interesting to me how many applications there are and how many college students it takes in a matter of seconds for everyone to find it.
For example, currently there is a ton of people using snapchat, which I mentioned in my last blog. Snapchat is an application where you can take a picture and send it to your friend, but the picture only last how long you want it to. If you decide you want the picture to show for 5 seconds it shows for 5 seconds, and then disappears. You can never see the photo again after that. This has basically caused an entire outburst of the most unattractive photos that you could ever take.
When I explained to my mom what snapchat was she related it to Mission Impossible and said “oh it’s like mission impossible it self destructs in 3,2,1… boom.” Yes my mom also did the sound effects with it. My sister on the other hand doesn’t understand why snapchat is even used or the purposed and says that we are crazy. I haven’t even tried to explain this to my dad, because I’m worried about how long the explanation will take, and my brother is pretty much stuck in parentville.
Once I find out another application I am sure that will be all the rage and that snapchat will soon be forgotten, but for now you might want to try snapchat. Just in case you’re confused here’s a video on how to use snapchat.