Hey guys! -> G’day mates!
Sorry, I’ve been out of touch in the past months, but the semester here @ ANU have been quite intense, both in terms of university workload and in terms of things to do!!
However, I can’t believe that the semester now is over, it’s just gone soooo fast…
This semester has been great. I have got the chance to meet a lot of people from all over the world and to live in such a dynamic campus, as it is ANU. It has been very different from a normal semester in my home university, both for the differences in the teaching approach and for the different opportunities I have had in Canberra.
The first difference between Unibo and here, are the DEADLINES. While we have them also in Italy, here they are just EVERYWHERE, always round the corner (see my semester planner…).
Usually in my home uni, we have to study a lot of stuff (much more than here in terms of workload), but during the semester we usually don’t have the same amount of work in terms of essays to write. On the contrary, at the end of the semester, things get crazy in Italy, as we have much more tough final exams (the exam period is 2 moths long!), while here sometimes you don’t have finals at all (lucky you).
The approach here is much more oriented towards future work, as in the real world you have deadlines pretty much every week and you have to be able to organize your time very efficiently.
Nevertheless, I had time to do a lot of amazing things here and to visit a lot of different places!
First of all, it’s worth underlying that Canberra has a lot to offer. It may not be Sydney or Melbourne, with their vibes and their life, but still it can surprise you. In particular, the War Memorial, the National Museum and the National Library are definitely places to visit! And Canberra will offer you a unique chance to experience the proper Australian bush, with some awesome scenarios and a lot of wildlife. For future students here: especially during the first weeks take all the opportunities offered by the Global Programme office!!!! You will not regret to have done any of them 🙂
Moreover, I have done a scuba diving course as well and (something I do not recommend honestly), did a dive also in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, for Project Aware. This project aims at cleaning up the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers from the rubbish, in particular plastic. It’s incredible the amount of rubbish you can find under the surface… all that stuff is going to be inside the tap water we drink! So, please guys, RECYCLE! The environment is the most precious stuff we have!!
I have had the chance also to go to Surfcamp, to learn how not to kill myself with a 2 meters high board and waves far bigger than me. It has been very nice, and I definitely recommend you to try!
During this semester, I have also had the chance to travel. To date, my favourite have been Tasmania. Although I’ve been there just for 6 days in total, I rented a car and have had the chance to see some incredible places, being in something like dream-beaches on my own!
So, don’t worry, despite all the work for uni, here at ANU you can have a life and enjoy your time in Australia! Just try not to procrastinate too much and be motivated!
A special thanks goes to the Global Programs staff, Jules, Sayan and Siobhan, so kind and always ready to help.
Now I will enjoy the last days in Australia by going up to Cairns with some friends and a little van (a very old one, I’ll keep you updated) and then, after a struggle one semester long, I will have the chance to go to Uluru, to pay my respects to the original owners of this beautiful land, Australia (you can follow my trip on Instagram, @favero_alb)!
Hopefully it will be alright 🙂
Have a good one everyone!