If you are anything like me, classes came easy during undergrad. The work you put into your assignments reflected the grade you received. Even though classes were tough and a lot of work, I still did well in my undergrad. So, I thought going back to school after 4 years wouldn’t be that difficult, I was wrong.
A trip to paradise
Earlier this month I had my first field trip with JCU to Orpheus Island Research Station. Its located only about 2 hours north of Townsville and yet feels like another world. The field trip was for a Sampling and Experiment Design subject created for masters students to better understand the design of research projects and the statistics that come with it. Continue reading
This month has been full of firsts:
- My first birthday in another country. Turning 26 away from home made me homesick but I am so thankful for the friends I’ve made here.
- My first hammerhead dissection. Which was so amazing to be a part of. The focus was to study parasites that are found in the nose, gills, and stomach of hammerhead sharks. A very smelly, yet incredible experience.
- And unfortunately my first late assignment. With two presentations and a paper due within 3 days, it made for a difficult week.
It feels like I just got here but now Its the end of the semester. The workload from assignments is weighing down and when it almost feels like its too much, the questions of “why am I here?” and “why am I doing this to myself?” keep repeating in my head. Luckily, with friends feeling the same way, we are able to sympathize and encourage each other for the reasons we decided to continue our education: to make our oceans a better place and to help give ourselves better options for a career.
Time is flying by
It feels like I just landed in Townsville with suitcases in hand, not a clue what to expect. Now, 7 weeks into semester and 2 months in Australia, it still doesn’t feel real to be here. The past few weeks have been filled with laughter, a 4 day Easter weekend, and an almost break down.