March 5, 2013
The Honeymoon Stage
In the information session that took place in the beginning of O week, our international advisors explained to us the many emotional stages that international students go through when studying in a different country. One of those stages was the honeymoon stage – and that’s definitely where I am. I am falling in love with everything here. While it was a little overwhelming at first, that feeling has subsided and all I can say is “bring it on!” I can’t wait to go exploring, venture into the rainforest, sail out to the reef and go scuba diving, and drive inland and see the Tablelands.
Everything here is so different than anything I’m used to. But at the same time, it’s so green here that I kind of feel like I’m at home. Everywhere you look, it’s green; the green sugar cane, the green bushes, the green trees, even the massive “mountains” that we are surrounded by are green (what they call mountains, I call hills). There are, of course, chain fast food restaurants that also make it seem like I’m not in a completely different country: McDonalds (“Maccas”), Burger King (“Hungry Jack”), KFC, Subway, and Dominos. I guess no matter where you go there will always be a part of home that goes with you. But that’s a good thing, because it keeps me grounded. It’s a constant reminder of where I come from and helps me realize all that I have and how lucky I am. It’s a reminder that I’m on a trip of a lifetime, one that many people won’t get to experience.
It is finally hitting me that I’m in Australia…that I’m halfway around the world from anything familiar to me, and I’m surviving. Not only am I surviving, I’m enjoying myself and having the time of my life. I’ve never liked change. But this change, this is good.