Its been over a month and a half since I landed in Sydney. I remember the first day like it was yesterday. It was just past 6am, the sun was almost up and a billion feelings and thoughts were going through my head. I peered out through the tiny window next to me and tried to imagine what my life over the next year and a half would look like. What was my university going to be like? would I manage to keep up in classes? What kind of friends would I make? I closed my eyes and did what I’ve always done before big events – imagined the best possible outcome. Its something I started doing when I was 10 years old before all my races and matches and believe it or not its actually helped me every single time.
I reached International house and lugged my 3 bags up the stairs. The first person I met was named Faith. Was that a sign? Maybe. I took the elevator up to the 5th floor and found my room at the furthest end of the corridor. I walked in and sat on my bed and it suddenly hit me that I was thousands of miles away from home. I felt tiny and in that moment wanted to run back home. I forced myself to close my eyes once again and imagine the best possible things and experiences that could happen to me here in Australia.
Its been almost a month and half since that day and I’m glad to say my imagination didn’t disappoint. Its been such a roller coaster ride already. From not knowing a single person in the city to having friends from over 15 countries. From not knowing anything about uni life, to successfully navigating through it and doing well.
I think the most difficult part has been getting the hang of academics again. I sat in a classroom after over 3 years. Despite finding my course interesting and knowing that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, in the beginning I found my mind wandering off – sometimes back to home and other times to various places I had travelled to in the last year. Thankfully my mind feels a bit more trained to sit through 7-8 hour seminars and write 2000 word essays while looking through 15 different sources but I still have a long way to go!
While I sit in my room and write this on an overcast Sunday afternoon, I’m excited for Monday and the new things I’ll get to learn and experience. When you’re looking forward to a Monday you’re definitely doing something right! 🙂
More details about my friends, course, work and experiences in the next post! 🙂