Our program director/professor Kimberly was telling us the other day that around this time student start feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, homesick, disconnected, annoyed…yada yada yada. I knew exactly what she was talking about. I thought I was the only one feeling those obnoxious emotions, but she said that it is completely normal. I talked my good friend Liisa (from Michigan) who was feeling the same way & it was good to sit at McDonald’s & just let out steam. Kimberly told us that we should bounce back soon, but with the way I was feeling, I doubted.
Feelings of: loneliness, homesick, left out from things going on at home, annoyed, overwhelmed by the thought of schoolwork, frustrated with having no money.
Something snapped in me yesterday though. The sun was out, the internet was working & I got to skype with my family. It was so nice to see their faces & hear their voices. It was kinda frustrating seeing my little nephew’s face though because I just wanted to hold the little buggar, but it was refreshing at the same time. Shortly after that, I made my way into CBD (Downtown Sydney) to meet Darragh, a friend from highschool/church/czech team who is studying down past Wollongong at Capernwray. It was nice to see a familiar face and also talk to someone who is going through a similar experience. Unfortunately I had to cut our time short because I needed to get ready for the Flo Harris Harbor Cruise.
Last night every person living at Flo Harris got all fancied up & took a cruise around Sydney Harbor. We ate, we danced, we bonded, we swayed back & forth, we watched fireworks. After that was over, the majority of us went out to a German pub then to go dancing.
Yesterday was exactly what the doctor had ordered. A little taste of home through skype & a visit from a friend followed by an outrageous night with some of the funnest, most genuine, caring people I’ve met. It has been so beautiful to watch how this community looks after each other & how they have invited me right in. Up until yesterday, I was doubting how this semester was going to go, but now I know that I am going to have a hard time leaving & I’ve only been here for 3 weeks.