Settling into the University of Sydney

USyd hosted a 2 day orientation for incoming abroad students.  There were people coming from all over the world; in particular, there were heaps of Europeans and Americans.  I had the opportunity to meet a lot of other international students and share our excitement about our next 5-6 months in Australia.

The school also provided us with information about places and activities in Australia.  Some examples include:  New Zealand, surf camps, scuba diving, bungee jumping, outback camping, petting zoo,  sports, Melbourne, more beaches-trails-nature,  etc!

So much to see, so much to do, so much excitement.

post-3-capes.jpgI moved into St Andrews College (my student housing) on Sunday July 26, the day before school.  All of the new residents, about 11 of us, were invited to lunch with the SAC’s Principal, staff, and school leaders.   Total, there are about 280 residents at SAC – nearly 120 freshmen.

St Andrews College looks like Hogwarts in Harry Potter.  Dinners (Monday to Thursday) are business formal and we are obligated to wear academic gowns (like Harry Potter capes).  I’ve been meeting a lot of locals – especially in comparison to the other international study abroad students who are staying in apts/houses/Sydney University Village/UniLodge, they usually have a hard time meeting local students.   Everyone is really nice and hospitable.