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

Am I a stranger?

I really struggled to jot down my thoughts onto paper (or in this case, my laptop) this week. I have so many ideas of what I what to write and share with you, but for some reason, I just couldn’t find the words or motivations this week.

I was lucky enough to attend the St Ann’s Open Show last weekend (I make this sound like it is an exclusive event!). It was here that I started to think and realise what I was doing there. For the first time in the long time, I felt like a stranger in my own (former) home. For the place I had called home for 2.5 years, no longer felt like it. I knew many people there, but still felt like a stranger. Why? Why was I feeling so disconnected?

I think I took my years at college for granted. I made the besets friends, shared the greatest experiences and got to do a lot of things I could only dream about. This was really a home away from home for me. But why was I a stranger all of a sudden?

I spent most of the night looking (and chasing after) my friend Ryan, who decided to consume his yearly alcohol intake in one night. It was here, constantly walking around that I really felt like I didn’t belong. Was it because I wasn’t sharing this experience with my close friends? I began to realise that it was the friends and experiences that made my college experience unforgettable, rather than the physical presence of the college.

Dont get me wrong, I wouldn’t change my college experience at all. Those 2.5 years really shaped me into the person I am today. Independent – which is something you really need when you move out on your own. I matured a lot during my time there. Starting off as an innocent 18 year old, with big dreams and no money. To a 20 year old girl still with big dreams and no money, except later on that year I was making my dreams come true.

Which leads me to my American college experience. Living on campus at Buff State was sooo different to St Ann’s. From the rooms, people and excessive amount of rules. I definitely felt more like a stranger in these dorms rather than at St Ann’s. But again, these experiences have helped me to realise just how lucky I am. I was fortunate enough to attend college in both Australia and America, something others can only dream about. I think a lot of us takes these experiences for granted. We expect them. But what would my life be like and how would I be if I wasn’t fortunate enough to have these opportunities? I can tell you right now I would be very rich, probably with my own island and private jet. I’ll keep on dreaming though.

Although I thought I would enjoy my night at college on Saturday a lot more (it was a great party btw), I was extremely happy and overwhelmed with the amount of people I saw who said “I read your blog”. This truly is the best compliment I can receive, as I am still a little bit scared and nervous to write this. Scared that no one is going to like what I am saying, or they simply think I am a terrible writer and should stop – (please let me know if this is the case!!!).

Please remember to appreciate all the successes and opportunities you have received. These have made you into the person you are today, for the better! xxxx