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Day 115-121 – In Which I Take Exams, But That’s Not Important

I bet you’ve been wondering how my exams went since those were probably the most enthralling part of my semester abroad so far! So I got back to Sydney last Thursday at about 11:30 pm and had an exam for HCI the next day at 1:45 pm. I had not prepared for this exam at all before the trip so I drank copious amounts of black tea and stayed up almost all night studying. Wheeeee! It turned out that I probably did not need to resort to such extreme measures since the exam was pretty straightforward. Friday night I went out…

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Days 97-103 – Shark Dive

Has it really only been 100 days? It feels like I should be here longer. I’ll be very, very sad to leave in November, but it won’t be forever. I’m already determined to come back sometime soon! This week I worked on my programming assignment for Networks. It felt fantastic to code again and feel the intensity of focus and strategy. All semester I honestly haven’t had much academic challenge, but this project was the first true challenge that I had. A couple nights ago I stayed up till 6 am finishing it. Somehow all that uninterrupted time at night…

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Day 69-74 – In Which We Arrive At The Present

Not a whole lot happened this week besides school. Mostly I was working on my HCI project and finding ways to procrastinate my English essay. On Monday I went to a Tea Society event are learned a lot about tea and the food industry. We heard from a couple who run a very successful company called Bondi Chai which manufacture and distribute a powdered chai latte product to cafes all over the world. On Tuesday I went to The Basement again with Bekkah, and this time Russell showed up too. I had a lot of fun that night, as is usual…

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Day 67 – Bicycles on Ferries

This morning I woke up fairly early and made a long bike trip to the North Shore to visit the Northside Produce Market. It took about an hour to get there since I had to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and continue even a little further North into Mosman. This market was awesome a worth the trip. It was one of the largest I have been to and takes place in a community park. There was plenty of fresh produce along with vinegars, mushrooms, wine, and baked goods. I am really loving this Saturday morning tradition. I’ll really miss it when I…

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Days 62-66 – The King and I and J.P. Morgan

On Monday night I saw The Giver with some girls from the bible study group. I really like them. They’re just honest, real people of faith and I enjoy our conversation. The Giver was a beautiful film. It made me cry and not many films can do that. It makes you think about life and the human experience. After the movie we went to a place across the street for crepes! On Tuesday I ended up writing a lot of long emails to my family and friends including this one which I sent to Cheryl Young: To Cheryl I’m loving…

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Day 55-59 – In Which I Almost Convert To Catholicism

On Monday I had my first real exam of the semester. It was very bureaucratic and quite strange. During the previous week I studied quite a lot for it and I was very glad that I did because the exam was rushed and I barely finished everything. When we came in we had to sit with an empty seat between each of us and fill out a lot of paperwork before even starting the exam. We were also told to get out our student ID cards for verification and the TA came around and scanned them while the exam was…

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Days 48-52 – In Which I Live Life On The Edge

This week on Tuesday I biked to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to do some preliminary research for an upcoming essay. My Australian Studies class has an essay outline & bibliography due soon and my subject is an analysis of a painting in relationship to Australian history. An art project seems less controversial and sticky than most of the other potential topics. It was a very fruitful visit in which I discovered that the Gallery has a Research Library which houses extensive records of every piece on display! After some deliberation, I decided to do research on a piece called “Fire’s…

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