End of week 1 at Murdoch!

So I have almost finished the first week of Uni here at Murdoch, and it has been a lot of new impressions and a lot to take in… I am doing 4 courses (called units here),  one is a basic course in mathematics, and one is more about the pedagogy and how to work with maths in the classroom. The third course is called “Country, Cultures, Peoples: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives Across the Curriculum” which focuses on the Indigenous Peoples in the Australian school system, a very interesting course for me to take while I’m here in Australia! The last course I am taking is a course about Social Science and how to teach it in primary school.

I am little overwhelmed by everything I have experienced so far this week. It is a lot to process and to understand, everything from their learning platform to adjusting to all lectures and workshops being in English. Since my program back home in Malmö is just in Swedish, it might take a while to adjust to the academic language in English. I am not looking forward to some of the academic writing assignments in some of my courses… But hopefully, I will be able to do it once I get there, I am still only in my first week 🙂 It feels like I will be needing to spend more time here for studies than back home, at least now in the beginning. Just like my education in Malmö, they have a lot of self-studies here as well, which means that we don’t have a lot of actual lessons but we have to read a lot of books and texts at home instead.

Tomorrow we have a costume party here at campus that I am really looking forward to! Besides that, I am going to relax a bit this weekend, play some basketball and swim in our community swimming pool here in the University Village where I live. I love to live here, it is only a 10 min walk to Uni and they have so many fun activities here for us who lives here. For instance, every Friday morning they serve a pancake breakfast, so I am looking forward to that tomorrow morning… 😉

/Rebecca at Murdoch University, Perth

O-week start!

Hi everyone!

My name is Rebecca and this is my first post on this blog. I am attending the exchange program for one semester at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. I am currently in my third year to become a primary school teacher!

Yesterday I moved into the University Village (on-campus accommodation) and today the O-week, Orientation Week, started! That is like the introduction for us exchange students and new students where you get to meet other students while doing social activities. So today on the first day we had a lot of information, small discussion groups about different topics and got to take part in some of the aboriginal culture- very exciting! Tonight we had a free pasta night for all of us living in the uni village, very nice!

I live in a shared apartment where I share a kitchen with 3 other people. We also have to bathrooms. It feels good to live with a few other people when you have moved almost across the other side of the world 😉

For the next two weeks, there will be a lot of activities and fun stuff happening, Uni will start on the 26th of February!

I hope that you guys want to follow my adventure here in Australia, and please leave a comment if there is anything specific you want me to tell a little bit more about!