From movies on the lawn to school sponsored club nights, there are no limits to what Deakin will do to make sure its students are having the best experience possible. One of my favorite things I have done so far was during the first week I was here. I participated in a beach welcome trip for international students. I was a little disappointed at first because 80% of the students on the trip were from America and frankly, I didn’t come to Australia to meet more Americans. That being said, it was a blessing in disguise because I was able to quickly connect with them and it made the first few days of adjusting seamless. As a group, we traveled to The Great Ocean Road in Lorne, and there I was in awe of the scenery. There were cliffs overlooking the bluest water and the horizon never seemed to end. It was very easy to get lost in the views, but I’d bounce back to reality when the occasional seal passed by. We mountain biked, surfed (stood up a total of 1 whole time), and played volleyball. When we had free time, we would go shopping, eat plenty of food, and have a cocktail here and there. My favorite part about this trip was it made me realize how much I had to look forward to.
Another experience I continue to enjoy at Deakin is living on campus. I lived on campus for two years at USF, but this past semester I moved into an apartment so being back on res has been pleasantly nostalgic. My room is super cozy and I am lucky enough to have five awesome, clean roommates. The view outside my room is fantastic, and I get to wake up to a gorgeous sunrise every morning. The residence hall or as they say “Res” has a fantastic common area on the first floor equipped with a full kitchen, laundry room, ping-pong table, pool table, and study spaces. The only disadvantage I can think of is there no a/c in my building because it was built to be environmentally friendly. As a Floridian you would think that this would be my demise, but I’ve actually adjusted quite nicely! Cheers to sustainability!
Since starting at Deakin, I have had nothing but positive things to say. It has reminded me of what an incredible experience college can be and makes me appreciate the time that I have here. Although I may be a Bull for life, there’s definitely a little Dragon in me.