It's been already a month since my university started. Time flies like a spear! It is often said that "Time goes by very quickly when having a fulfilling life", and it is true. I'm having a fulfilling days with the studies and the life in IH (<-International House, one of the uni collages).
I'm really impressed with the educational system in UQ (Uni of QLD), it's very well-organized. All the information about each subject is open to the students on the WEBsite, for instance, teacher and coordinator's email address, aims of the course, detailed contents of each class and the assessment... everything! Thus it is very easy to know the detail of the course before choosing them, and if I have any questions, I feel free to ask them by emailing the coordinator. They are so kind everytime they respond to me.
From hundreds of courses, I chose to study Zoology in Science program, as well as taking Education course at the same time. My study program is called 'Dual degree', with which I can take 2 degrees of Science and Education in 4 years. My aim is to get the teacher's license and have a chance to work as a science (and Japanese?) teacher in an English-speaking country. I think Dual Degree system is a wonderful system, enabling me to study both subjects efficiently.
The courses I enrolled this semester are Animal Biology, Invertebrate Biology and Introduction to Education. Besides that, I just attend to the lectures of Basic Chemistry and Indonesian. Enrolling only 3 courses may sound very easy, but actually not at all! Both the Biology courses have 3 lectures a week and practicals occasionally, and all the courses, including Education, need a lot of preparation and reviewing for each class. If I'm stuck with something else, it's so easy to be left out from the class. I have to review and prepare for each class constantly not to accumulate works. It's not easy to keep the balance of studying and other activities, like association with collage mates, sports, volunteer work etc.
a passage way in Biology Building
Although it is hard, I enjoy studying, especially Biology courses and Indnesian. The Biology courses started with the question of 'what is animal?' then now I'm learning about variety of invertebrate animals such as insects, crastaceans, octopus, jelly fish, etc. I'd always wanted to study about this kind of subject, connecting to the theory of animal evolution and biodiversity. It is so interesting to learn about how well each animal species' body function and interact with other species and its environment. In later years, I will take courses about Animal Behaviour and Animal Evolution, so all these subjects will be related to each other. I want to improve my English skills as soon as possible to the level that I understand most of the contents in the courses, so that I can extend my studies more. s-IMGP0177.jpg
Disection of a crab
As for the Education course, I thought it was very boring at first, but as I continued studying, it became more interesting. Well, what bores me most is the weekly reading, which is as much as 16 pages each week! I'm struggling with this every weekend, it takes me nearly 8 hours to read once! But I found out that after I read the article for a couple of times , I do understand the contents to some extent, and I do have some opinions about it. I have a Tutorial class every week, and have a discussion with other students about each topic. At this stage, I can hardly participate in the discussion, but if I could, it will be very helpful to enrich my educational thoughts. How I wish I could keep up with what my tutor and the other students are saying.
Studying in a second language is very hard. I have to be patient. But I'm sure I'm happier than when I was in my previous university in Japan. It's maybe because I'm studying what I want to study, what I need to study for my dream, and what is more, the environment where I'm studying suits me better.