Posts Tagged ‘friends’

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 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 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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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 60 – Luna Park

After the dance on Friday night I went to visit my friend Ndomoro at University of Sydney and I ended up sleeping on her couch. We stayed up till 3 am chatting and drinking wine (only two glasses!) and having a grand old time. I really enjoy her company. She is almost ten years older than me, and has had many highly unique life experiences. A self-proclaimed nomad, she has lived all over the world and doesn’t ever intend to “settle down” even though she says she would like to get married someday. She is one of those people that…

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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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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 32-33 – Market Day

On Saturday morning I got up bright and early and hopped on my bike. I bought the bike my first day at UNSW and I’ve not got quite enough usage out of it to my liking. Hopefully I’ll have more chances to ride as the semester progresses. I found University of Sydney eventually and then found my friend’s apartment. I had planned to visit Ndomoro for awhile and I was excited to finally deliver on that promise. We hung out at the apartment for a little while and then walked to the nearby Glebe Markets where I got some fresh…

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Days 27-31 – In Which I Attend The Opera

I started this week on Monday with by attending the Christian club bible study meeting. It is a great way to start the week and I feel so blessed to have a solid community of believers here in Australia. During the bible study we studied 2 Corinthians Chapter 6. The main points I took away were: God cares much more about who you are than what you do. Be holy first, before concerning yourself with work, even Church ministry. Our true self comes out eventually and manifests itself in the life choices we make. We can pretend to be something we…

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Day 25 – Freezing, Wet, Exhausted

In the morning I went for a walk along the coast with some of my new friends from the Christian club on campus. It was so refreshing to have some Christian sisters to talk with and share the experience. They call each other sisters and I have picked up the convention since it seems so fitting. We really are one Body and one Church. It seems easy to call each other sisters. Our walk took us from the Manly Spit Bridge all the way to Manly Beach. Along the way I got to hear stories from a few of these beautiful…

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