After four flights, over 24 hours worth of sitting in planes and airports, and lost baggage (I have it now, no worries), I've made it to Bond University! This place is incredible!
I arrived on Monday, September 2 at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, after a long and bumpy bus ride from the airport in Brisbane. It was actually a bit cold and windy on the second day of spring in Australia, but I managed. Then I made sure I could access all of the computers on campus with my student account, picked up my student ID, and lastly, was handed my room key. I laid on my bed, for a brief moment of relaxation, and soon after I went to my first O-Week (Orientation Week) event.
It was trivia night, complete with strangers from all over the world, and about 100 pizzas (Yes, there may have been too much…). It was early to bed for most students though, as many of us had been traveling for the past few days.
On Tuesday, I went on a campus tour (I still have no clue where I'm going), attended an academic writing workshop to refresh on some writing and researching techniques, and went to the toga party that was sponsored by the Bond University Student Association. I was worried that I would be the only one wearing a toga, but everyone came out and it was a great time! I met students from all over the states, as well as students from Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. I think they're probably some of the coolest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
On Wednesday, it was a pretty relaxed day. My suitcase made it, which made the day about 1000x better. After this, we had time to take the bus into the city, and get some essentials (laundry detergent, snacks, etc.). Wednesday night's event was the hypnotist Mark Anthony, and afterwards, we played Jenga at a local restaurant called 'The Hub', where the seats are half thrift-store dining room chairs, and half mismatched couches and recliners. Seriously, it's a cool place.
Also, a few things you might be wondering. I have not seen a kangaroo or koala yet, there are no signs of giant spiders, and as of now, I have not tried the (in)famous Vegemite on toast.
Until next time,