Hey, USWIB! It’s been two weeks since school started here in NYU Sydney and I can’t believe I’ve already learned so much and visited so many interesting places.
In terms of classes, the largest class I am a part of has 15 students, so it is fairly easy to know everyone and participate in class. Even though each class is three hours long, we do get a short 10-15 minute break to eat or to relax. I like all of my classes; they have all been very informative and engaging. Recently, for our Introduction to Marketing class, we took a walking tour of Circular Quay and the Museum of Sydney to learn more about the marketing system in colonial Sydney. This upcoming week, my Global Media Seminar is attending a Q&A viewing at ABC TV Studios.
Aside from academics, NYU Sydney sponsored trips to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the National Rugby League Finals match. The trip to the zoo was amazing; we had the chance to pet a koala and see kangaroos hop around the park. The rugby finals match was equally as exciting to watch. Although most of us did not know how the sport worked, we eventually figured out how the game worked towards the end. The Sharks, the team we were rooting for, lost in overtime; however, we still enjoyed our front row seats to the match. I also had the chance to attend an interactive event part of the Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House. Afterwards, they had a projector show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney has so many great sights to visit. So far, I have gone to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, The Grounds of Alexandria, and Bondi Beach. The Royal Botanic Gardens is similar to Central Park; they have great views of the city skyscrapers, the Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens is picturesque and has varying sceneries. Hyde Park, on the other hand, is smaller than the Royal Botanic Gardens; however, it has trees that line up similar to the Mall at Central Park. The Archibald Fountain and the ANZAC War Memorial is also located in Hyde Park. The Grounds of Alexandria is in the suburbs outside of the Sydney CBD area so we had to take a short train ride then walk to there. It is a beautiful place to eat brunch and take pictures. They have gardens, a farm with a massive pig named Kevin Bacon, a fountain, and markets and stalls filled with food, flowers, and other ornaments. The last place I visited was Bondi Beach. It takes around a 40 minute bus ride to get to Bondi Beach from Urbanest. The water was cold when I went, but the ocean was still stunning; the water is a beautiful blue, sea foam green color and the waves are perfect for surfing. It also wasn’t too busy since it’s the end of winter and it’s still a little windy and chilly.
Sydney has been so much fun so far. I have also done so much walking since I came here. Most places are an easy 30-40 minute walk from Urbanest, the place where we live, and it is so much cheaper and more efficient than taking a bus or taxi. There are also so many options in terms of food and places to visit and see. However, I can’t wait until I visit New Zealand for fall break and venture outside of the Sydney CBD area.