It has been a fun two days exploring campus on foot and getting my bearings on this enormous campus. Less than 48 hours after arriving I achieved ‘local’ status today by giving directions to other ‘new’ students who had lost their way. Here are a few things I have discovered in my wanderings.
- The weather has been 30+ each day and all the buildings are air-conditioned.
- I have a strong wifi connection both in my apartment and all over campus.
- There are actually two bathrooms in my four bedroom apartment so I share with only one other person.
- Lovely English girl living in adjacent bedroom also loves her earl grey tea and is happy to share.
- No house maintenance. When something breaks in the apartment you call an RA (Resident Assistant) to fix it.
- Full time students get free gym membership.
- Fresh air, open skies, and the smell of freshly mown grass and pine needles in the air when I walk out the door.
- Fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to find on campus.
- There is NO supermarket here.
- I really should have bought a car. Transport is limited and the campus is isolated.
- Electric coil cooktop in the kitchen.
- The music preferences of the undergraduates living upstairs.
- I am yet to locate a campus bar. Yes I know, this should have been first priority.
- The best way to be understood is to imitate the American accent. I have learned to ask for “wad-derrrrr” instead of ‘wa-ter’.
Very “American” sights
- The football team leaving training in various states of dress and undress: helmets, padding, lyrca leggings, shirts, strapping tape etc. dragging behind them.
- The trainers for the football team going to the practice field on a quad bike topped with two gigantic Gatorade coolers, and about 100 rolls of strapping tape.
- The girls’ basketball team coming out of practice with bags of ice cello-taped on to various limbs and joints.
- University emblazoned mechandise on every second student. Go school!
- The local beaver and squirrel population. They keep scurrying across the sidewalk as I go from the Res Hall to central campus. (Stop laughing Nikki Robbo).
- The bleachers, the ball park, the track, the basketball stadium, the cafeteria.
- Freshman orientation groups playing get-to-know-you games.
- Professors and other academics wearing bow ties to appear scholarly.
Yet to spot
- Frat brothers and sorority sisters*
- A fellow Australian
* They do exist. I know this because the university website refers to them as “students who live in Greek-lettered social club residence halls”!
It is all quite a sight to behold and I am enjoying soaking it all in.