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Australia: My New Home City

Study abroad and exchange students only had a few days of orientation at Murdoch, while full-on students continued sessions into the second week. Therefore, the week before classes was virtually open to us. Tuesday’s adventure? Perth. Murdoch University is south of the Swan River about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the city of Perth. Luckily,… Continue reading Australia: My New Home City

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Australia: Shopping at Garden City

Monday was all over the place from the start. I think I may have walked to and from campus about four times to sign up for surf and didgeridoo lessons, receive a partial refund and grab a surprise free bus token for the big night out coming up. I was really trying to organize my… Continue reading Australia: Shopping at Garden City

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Australia: Floreat Beach and Hillary’s Harbour

After another beautiful day at the beach, we had yet another planned! Murdoch Village organizes a few trips for students throughout the semester and the one planned for Sunday was a beach and harbor trip. There was not a cloud in the sky Sunday and the sun was scorching. We only had three hours at… Continue reading Australia: Floreat Beach and Hillary’s Harbour

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Australia: Fremantle Markets

As a continuation of orientation week, nicknamed “O-Week” here, the resident assistants had a “recovery breakfast” for everyone who went out to the club the night before. I find it so different that part of orientation week consisted of going out with our resident assistants; but the drinking age is 18 here, so the night… Continue reading Australia: Fremantle Markets

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Australia: My First Beach Trip and Night Out

This week had its ups and downs, but there was nothing but sunshine in sight for Friday. Instead of all international students, there was a short two-hour orientation solely for study abroad and exchange students at Murdoch. Brodie and Athira, the other woman in charge of exchange students, went over academic information, gave us some… Continue reading Australia: My First Beach Trip and Night Out

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Australia: Murdoch University Orientation

Now this is the orientation I was waiting for! After a village orientation that left us AIFS students still with many questions, we spent nine hours on Murdoch University’s campus in various information sessions that answered almost all of our thoughts. We talked to other Americans who came together through their school, and they seemed… Continue reading Australia: Murdoch University Orientation

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Australia: The First Day

I woke up quite early the first morning in Australia, just as I had been waking up early in Fiji. I guess the time change has really been messing with my body, as I easily pass out by 10 p.m. and sleep like a baby until early the next morning. However, I have been this… Continue reading Australia: The First Day

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Australia: Surviving the First Night

I have now been in Australia living in the Murdoch University Village (housing set aside for first year and international students) for a full two nights. It has not been an easy transition at all, and I definitely had to practice my own advice regarding traveling to foreign land. After a layover from Nadi to… Continue reading Australia: Surviving the First Night

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Fiji: A Reflection

One week in Fiji is done and gone, and I am now on the plane for something I hope is fun. Australia: here I come! As I reflect back on what I just experienced—a week of traveling, classes and living with people I have known as long as I have been in Fiji—I think about… Continue reading Fiji: A Reflection

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Fiji: Vacation Time

Now this is the Fiji everyone thinks of! For our last day in Fiji, the group boated to Mana Island, one of many small isles off of the mainland. We stopped at a series of islands along the way, some with small resorts that are more for couples and one that was the tiniest island… Continue reading Fiji: Vacation Time