South Korea? No way!

hello and welcome back! I think I might change my posting day to Sunday now – just seems more practical for me now, ya know. I thought I would start with like a little response on last weeks post. So I got quite a few messages from people asking if I was ok – I was fine! The post sounded a little bit more depressing than how I actually was feeling. I guess I just got so caught up with the words that I was thinking and writing and wrote like I was the loneliest person on the planet, but I really wasn’t!

But todays post is positive – I promise! So I am heading off to South Korea on Saturday (yay). South Korea? Why would I go to South Korea? Well, I am actually going on a Study Tour for uni – like how awesome! I was just super fortunate that I was a) given this opportunity and b) actually able to go. So I applied and had my interview for this trip when I was in Buffalo. I remember very vividly having my interview the day I went to a Bills game (American football btw) and we watched the whole game in a snow storm. I was freezing. I have literally never been that cold in my life. Anyways, the cold weather really took it out of me. The interview was 1:30pm (Monday) Adelaide time, which was 9:00pm (Sunday night) Buffalo time. So when we got back from the game, I spent the next hour in the shower to thaw out and then the next three hours napping. I set my alarm for 8:30pm for the interview, had the interview and then went to sleep.

That last paragraph was a bit of a side note, but everyone should know by now that I am a huge advocate for travelling and taking every opportunity that you get. You learn so much about yourself, your country, other countries, cultures, traditions and food, that you simply cannot experience sitting at home. Well you could watch youtube videos, etc, but thats beside the point. What I am trying to say is I take every (well most) opportunities I get. First, Buffalo and now South Korea. What a lot of people don’t know, is that the universities have a lot of money available for funding, grants and scholarships when it comes to these trips. My entire South Korea study tour was payed for (apart from like $100 plus spending money), and I got quite a large grant when I went to America. Don’t get me wrong, you do need to be somewhat financial, as there are added costs which you may not be aware of, however, I truly believe it is better to be poor with money, but rich in experiences. This is the motto I live by, and this explains why I never have a large sum of money in my bank account.

South Korea will be an amazing experience for me, I am very excited to see what it will be like. I think that South Korea is such an underrated country in Asia. You don’t hear of many people heading to South Korea for a holiday. The primary focus of this tour is the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We will be heading to various schools, kindy’s etc, to see how they incorporate STEM into their school. This will be awesome, as the emphasis on STEM in Australia is insane!

So this will mean that I may not get the chance to post in the next coming weeks. When I return, I FINALLY get to see my bestie Tilly after a year of being apart! But then I head to Brisbane the next day to see my parents, so a super busy next few weeks of travelling for me – remember my life motto? I just cannot help myself!

Thank you all again for reading and for all the messages etc. I truly love that you love reading my posts! XX

rugby

hello friends! guess what? It is Wednesday, and i’m writing a post, what. No way! I have finally found some time away from my busy life (lol) to write this, so I really hope you like it! Side note, as if it is almost June? Where has the year gone? I have almost been back for 6 months and that is crazy. We should totally do Buffalo round 2 @Heidi @Nicola @Hannah @Celine?

I have been reflecting a lot lately on how long I have been back for. Like it actually almost feels like it didn’t happen. Was it all a dream? The other day, my aunty tagged me in a memory on Facebook when I jetted over to Perth for my visa interview, and that was a year ago. When I saw that, I began reflecting on what was going on in my life this time last year. I was on my third year placement, but unfortunately my mind wasn’t all there. I was stressing about my trip. I still hadn’t booked my flights and I had no idea where I was going, a month from when I actually left, talk about last minute!

When I was reflecting, I also began reflecting on my time in Buffalo, especially rugby. For those who don’t know, myself, along with two other foreigners, decided to join the rugby team. I will admit, I was not too keen on the idea in the beginning. Rugby? Me playing rugby? I have never thrown a rugby ball in my life. But Heidi convinced me and I have to say, it was one of the best things I did.

I clearly remember walking over to the field for the first practice. I was terrified. As we were walking, I was thinking “what am I doing”, but then I got there and I couldn’t escape! Everyone was super nice, it was kinda overwhelming, but reassuring. And then the practice started. I remember doing A LOT of running, push ups, more running, burpees etc and thinking, holy moly, I am going to get so fit (and maybe abs?). And then the rugby drills started. WOW. What the hell is a ruck? (I still don’t really know tbh).

After the first practice, I was still unsure if this sport was for me. I was used to netball and tennis, where I actually know what I am doing, not rugby! But there must of been something that interested me, because I went back to the next practice, and then the next one etc.

What I was trying to convey in this post, is stepping out of your comfort zone. I was a very shy girl who wouldn’t do anything. I hated going somewhere alone, I hated talking in front of others and I hated doing something different. But last year, I had to step out of my comfort zone. If I didn’t, I would have had the WORST time ever. Sometimes you just have to do it. Take the risk. Do something different. When I look back, my whole trip wouldn’t have been possible. I traveled alone for a fair bit of my trip. I had to eat out alone. Sightsee alone. Take selfies because no one was there to take photos of me. But I had a great time. I could do what I wanted, see I wanted, eat what I wanted. It was awesome.

After that first practice, I wasn’t sure if rugby was something I wanted to do. But I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it. I made the best friends and was able to experience the ‘real American life’. I am forever grateful for this, for the experiences and the friends, and am extremely happy that the Buffalo State Rugby clubs opened up to three foreigners. We sure did add some diversity to the club!

If you are in a situation and you are not entirely sure, step out of your comfort zone and do it. Unless it’s something bad, that could get you into trouble, don’t lol. But if it is trying a new sport, making new friends or going to a parry and not knowing anyone else – make friends and talk to people! You are all great and will be just fine!

have a chat with me

Well, I was wondering how long it would last. As you’re probably aware, it is Friday, not Wednesday! You know when you’re like ‘I will just do it tomorrow’ once and then every time after that you do the same thing? Yeah thats what I have done lol. I hope to get back into it next week and write on Wednesday (but lets just wait and see!).

This post is more like a little chit chat, rather than my usual stuff. I feel like I am running out of decent content, but still want to write something. All the things I wanted to write about, I have already written about, so I just have to go on more holidays (lol) to get more ideas and inspiration. Am I right? yes.

So this week, I started my new job (yay!), but I have been struggling with the whole balancing work, life, friends etc. For some reason I have just been super exhausted. Like I know I am only working shifts of like 2.5 hours, but I am spending the whole time in the pool, in chlorine and this just makes me super tired. I literally finish at 6pm and then by 8pm I am dead. What is wrong with me?

So many of you know just how cruisy uni has been for me this semester. Like I literally feel like I do nothing, but there isn’t much more for me to do. Like I cant just make up work for me to do – why would I do that anyways? I had an assignment due tonight – I have finished thank god, but I was like stressing majorly about it. I dedicated most of Wednesday, Thursday night and like all of today to do it, but just couldn’t find the motivation. I went out for brunch this morning because priorities, and then came home and smashed it out in like 3 hours. I swear I produce my best work under pressure, on the day it is due. Anyone else like this? I think you have to be super motivated and passionate about the topic or assignment to finish it early. I am at that stage though where I am just so sick of studying and am ready to be an adult and have a full time job. I bet though in like a year when I actually have to work and adult properly I will be wishing I was back at uni. I guess you just cant win hey?

Anyways, where I was going with the last paragraph is that I now have to balance uni with work. I know I have a pretty laid back semester, but I still need to find time to complete assignments, attend uni and do the work. Unfortunately, you need to do the work to pass, who knew? Because I have been super tired this week, my uni work has kind of become the last priority, as I am valuing sleep and food higher than study. I think it will take me a few weeks to get into a routine and to become more organised to be able to balance work, uni and life. I am LOVING the money though. Don’t you just hate it when money just keeps going out of your account but nothing comes in? That was me for like 3 months. But now I have to pay a stupid parking fine – there goes my first pay check. Who knew that parking in a bike lane (whoops, I should learn to read signs) would cost $263. Like what? I would like the council to tell me why the fine is so much and would possibly could make this fine so high. This is absurd.

Anyways, thanks again for reading and I’m sorry this is a bit of a different and messy post, but I just really like writing. Also shout out to the Buff State rugby team for not inviting us to your formal, I’m very upset, but I hope you had a fab night – even without the foreigners @heidi, @nicola.

Love ya all xxx

 

Am I an Australian Buffalonian?

What, no! Its not Wednesday already? I swear the weeks are just going by so fast, that I cannot keep track. Is anyone else feeling like this? It’s almost the mid-semester break (or holidays) for us here in South Australia. I swear I was only just on holidays!

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how relevant!

To be completely honest with you all, I wrote some of this earlier in the week and then just left it unfinished. And then I got a message from a friend, “have you done your post for your blog?” (thanks for reminding me Marc!). Although I was super impressed he remembered I post every Wednesday, it also made me feel like I mattered. That people are reading and enjoying my posts every week. I was just going to leave it until tomorrow (have had a bit of a rough day), but don’t want to disappoint my readers (and fans!) so here you go …

I thought I would write a little about my time studying in America because I have been getting loads of questions. When I returned home, people ask me “so how was your trip?” and all I could reply with was “it was good, I had so much fun”. Most times, people would say “is that all?”. The fact was, that was the only way I could summarise my time overseas. Unless you had approximately four hours to spare, this was all you were getting!

I had THE BEST time overseas. Don’t believe me? Just have a look at my Instagram! I seriously cannot explain the time I had. From eating bagels, joining the rugby team, making new friends, having to buy a jacket that will keep me warm in the minus temperatures and being around snow regularly were just some of the great experiences I was able to see and do. I have to admit that I was not a huge fan of the snow. I seriously don’t know how people can live in it. Like, I was just frozen, ALL THE TIME. That is not fun!! I’m pretty sure my toes almost feel off at least 100 times, but its all apart of the experience right?

Anyways, I have had a lot of questions from people asking ‘but is it worth it?’. YES! YES! YES! If you have the opportunity to do anything like this, JUST DO IT! I cannot recommend it enough. It is a lot different studying overseas than just traveling overseas. You get to live like a local. See the more remote places you may never think of going to. You may also have a bit of an advantage as the aussie accent is pretty well liked overseas. In America, especially Buffalo, my aussie accent was quite distinctive and an awesome ice breaker – it definitely made meeting new people super easy! Although, it was super hard coming back to Australia where I was just like everyone else. I no longer had an accent. And when I say things like ‘tomato sauce’, ‘footpath’ and ‘rubbish bin’, I no longer get laughed at or corrected. Because apparently its ketchup, not tomato sauce! The amount of times this was told to me in Buffalo was insane! Who knew there was such a debate! Whose side are you on? Ketchup or tomato sauce?

It may be too expensive, too late (like you have already finished your degree) or just not your time to travel, but I think everyone should try and squeeze it into their busy lives. You learn so much from travelling. Stuff that you cannot learn from a book or lecture. It definitely helps to become more independent. But it does leave you with the bug. Yep. The travel bug. And it just doesn’t go away. But this is by far the best bug to have!

If you have any further questions or just need that ‘push’ to do something like this, or even any general travel questions, I would LOVE to hear from you! I love hearing about other peoples travel experiences. It gives me ideas and motivation for my next holiday! I just need a job and some money… Wish me luck! xx