I started school on March 2nd, and it was funny how familiar my first day at Griffith University felt to my very first day at Mizzou. I didn't know a soul, had no idea where my classes were, and was nervous for what the teacher and other students would be like! We're now into Week 3 of classes, and I'm happy with my schedule and the variety of things I'll be studying. I'm taking Popular Music and Cultural Context (analyzing music and its effects on individuals, taking into account cultural and personal preferences), Introduction to American Politics (exactly as the name states, but from the viewpoint of Australians...), Love, Sex, and Truth (a philosophy class examining the interpersonal relationships between humans), and Epidemiology and Population Health (the study of the spread and prevention of disease within populations). It's quite the conglomeration of classes, and I'm so excited to be able to be studying such a variety of interesting topics!
Disclaimer on the photo from campus: I wanted to wait to get pictures while it was sunny out... because it's almost always sunny here, and it would make my campus look that much more beautiful! However, we had a cyclone come through last week, and it was cloudy and windy for a whole WEEK! (yeah, miserable... I know :-P)
This last weekend, a group of us headed up to Brisbane for a rugby match! It's only about a 45 minute train ride, and when you buy a ticket to the game, your train ticket is free. It was great to be able to get out of Gold Coast and explore a new city... Brisbane has a population of about 1.9 million people, so there are tons of things to explore! Rugby is quite a bit different than American football, so the poor guys sitting next to me in the stands spent a large part of the game explaining the rules to me. It was a really fun atmosphere, though, and we're definitely going to be headed back up there a couple more times to go to the games and explore the nightlife a bit more.
Although I'm loving it here in Australia, there are a few things I miss from home. March Madness is now in full swing, and two of my favorite basketball teams, Mizzou and Northern Iowa, have made it into the tournament! I actually "watched" the Big 12 Championship game between Mizzou and Baylor via ESPN.com's score and commentary updates every 30 seconds. It most definitely wasn't an optimal situation, but it gave me a chance to cheer on my Tigers from across the ocean! I also got a package from home this last week, and it was jam packed with my favorite American candy, pictures of family, suncreen, and items that reminded me of home. Thanks Mum and Dad!