After leaving Cleveland, I moved to St.Lucia, which is the suberb of Brisbane where my university campus(University of Queensland) is. Now I live in a uni college called International House and I will live here until the end of this semester in June.
This week is Orientation Week, the most exciting week of the whole year. The campus is full of people, and very lively with many club boothes. And the preparation for the courses makes me very motivated toward my studies. By the way, my course is a dual degree course of Bachelar of Science & Education. I'm aiming to get the teachers' license in 4 years, while studying Zoology at the same time.
Yes, my uni life has just started. This is the very moment I'd been looking forward to so long. I decided to quit my university in Japan and came to Australia with lots of hopes and dreams. I believe, and I expect UQ to be a good environment to study and prepare for my future career.
So far, I'm enjoying the life at International House (IH). IH is a very lively college with more than 200 students from all over the world. We are having parties and events everyday during Orientation Week. On Monday night, there was a party which we had to wear a costume that had something starting with the first letter of our name. So I wore a yukata (a type of kimono) and it was a perfect costume to help others remember my name Yuka.
Also in this morning (4:00am!), there was a little tour going to a small near-by mountain named Mt.Cootha to see the sunrise. The view from Mt.Cootha is tremendous! From the look-out I can see the Brisbane city, Brisbane river and bridges, UQ campus and other suburbs all at once, and even the sea in the far distance. Brisbane is one of the biggest cities in Australia, but the nature is still preserved here and there, like this mountain. This is one of the reasons why I like Brisbane.
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The Orientation Week has given me a lot of motivation for the kickoff of my uni life at UQ. From next week on, I will have to stick to my studies. All I have to do is not to take every task so seriously and do my best in a limited amount of time each day. I have to study hard, but I also have to enjoy myself. I will keep a good balance of work and enjoyment and will gradually get used to the new life.