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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 106-114 – Fraser Island & the Whitsundays

So on Wednesday I had the pleasure of picking up my friend Emily Ferguson from the Sydney International Airport. Believe it or not she came all the way from America to visit me (and Australia)!! How awesome is that!? After getting her phone and finances sorted out we went to Bondi Beach and did the Sculpture By the Sea walk.   On Thursday our adventure to Fraser Island began. By 10 am we were on our way and made it to Hervey Bay about midday. We took the ferry over to Fraser Island and then had the afternoon and evening…

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Days 104-105 – Wollongong

On Monday I went down to Wollongong to visit my friend Kelsey. She has come up to Sydney several times and I promised I would return the favour so on Monday afternoon I caught the train down the coast. That night I met a few of her friends and we went out a Mexican restaurant called Amigos. It was really good (especially the Coconut Margarita) and I’d definitely go back! Apparently on Tuesdays they have Happy Hour with cheap tacos. When we got back that night we watched the Lego Movie which I had been told was worthwhile. Don’t ask…

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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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Days 90-96 – Foodie

This week I finally realised how close finals were and how much work I had to do! AHHHHH. I wrote my essay about Fire’s On, a painting by Arthur Streeton, which was actually quite enjoyable (much more so than my English Literature essay on literary criticism). On Tuesday I met my friend Stephanie for lunch and we went to Pancakes On the Rocks (Trip #5?). After lunch I worked at my essay at the Art Gallery: NSW until they closed. I really like that place. It’s a great environment for study and writing and they have a nice cafe to reward…

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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 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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Day 46 – Avacados

Around mid-day on Saturday I decided that sitting around in my apartment was a bad idea so I went for a bike ride. I rode to the EQ Markets, which are quite close to campus and discovered my favourite markets yet! Most of the merchandise is food. At EQ on Saturdays you can get meat, fish, cheese, fruits, veggies, nuts, tea, spices, and pretty much every other delicious item you can imagine. I ended up buying wasabi-flavoured olive oil on a whim and also a bag of avocados for $6 (cheapest avocados I’ve yet seen). After the markets I found my…

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Days 41-45 – In Which I Actually Do Work

This week was the first week in which I actually had a lot of stuff due. The environment here is sooooo different from what I am used to at Mudd. First of all, I actually have time to study as much as I want to. I can put in a good effort on assignments and still have time to revise. I also have had actually no work due until this week (see chart below) I did have three assignments due this week for the first time this semester! I finished my Human-Computer Interaction Assignment which was a critique of two…

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Days 34-37 – In Which It Rains. A Lot

This week it did rain. A lot. I have not been in rain this heavy for a long time. I don’t mind the rain so much, but it was also windy so the rain came in sheets with a bonafide guarantee to leave you soaked in about 10 seconds. For two days I was tempted to skip class simply because I knew the walk down campus was going to be miserable and I would look like a wet dog at the other end. I made it to all my classes, however, and did look like a wet dog, but I refused…

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