All posts by Yumi Abe

Design & Merchandising

Hiking in the Dandenongs

This past weekend I went on a hike at Dandenong Ranges National Park. The Dandenong Ranges National Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or university life. There are also picnic grounds and barbeques located at the base of the park. I went on the 1000 Steps Kokoda ...

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Festivals and Events in Melbourne

Melbourne Design Week started last Thursday and will extend through this Sunday! A slew of events—everything from symposiums on typography, book launches, book previews, panels, and discussions—have and will take course around Melbourne! So far, I have attended the Melbourne Art Book Fair. The Book Fair took place at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). ...

Australia’s Respect for Indigenous Matters

A couple weeks ago, there was a mandatory general meeting on the first day of Orientation Week for study abroad/exchange students. It was scheduled bright and early at 10:00 am and was the first time I was exposed to other students who were studying abroad. Before the informational meeting started, global relations coordinator Elise Gumm ...

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Week 1 – Classes

Classes at Swinburne University commenced this week. You could definitely feel the presence of the excitement and lively buzz from Orientation week carry over. Clubs and other societies still had their tents lined up and were trying to recruit new members. A stage set up for O-week where a variety of people performed and made ...

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Orientation Week and Housing

Hello from Australia! After almost a fully day of traveling, which included a 16-hour plane ride from Los Angeles to Brisbane, followed by a 3-hour layover, and finally another 3-hour plane ride from Brisbane to Melbourne, I really thought I would never be able to say that. Australia isn’t called the land down under for ...