Category: Fall 2015

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Last Week of Classes (if they would actually hold classes!)

I had my first exam on Tuesday, in my Astronomy class! We had our lab exam, which was only an hour to try to show everything we did over the whole term. I had studied very hard and done a whole practice exam to prepare, but I still felt very rushed over the 50 minutes. ...

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15. Capsule Hotel!

October 24, 2015 So continuing my Japan adventure! After leaving Akihabara, we went to Harajuku, known as the center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. We were really behind schedule (trying to fit everything in a day did not work), so we skipped Shinjuku (the busiest station in Tokyo) and Meiji Jingu, a shrine located ...

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Royal National Park (for real this time)

The end of the academic week was spent studying for my astronomy lab exam that I have on Tuesday and my forestry class exam that I have on Thursday. I’m not too worried about either one now that I have spent a couple of days preparing and still have sometime next week as well. I ...

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14. First Impressions

October 22, 2015 I went to Japan this past weekend. My friend Alix and I left around midnight on October 16th, Thursday, and got there around 5 AM Friday. We landed in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Never before had I fallen in love with a city so quickly before… The moment when I turned to Alix ...

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Gathering of the Gifts

Only two more weeks of classes! Yesterday I presented my final research poster in my Biodiversity class, so the only thing left in that class is the final now! Since I handed in my history paper, it’s the same case for that class as well! I still have a forestry paper due in two weeks ...

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Royal National Park

This weekend we are planning on going to the Royal National Park just outside Sydney. It’s about an hour and half by train and then you take a ferry to the park. A lot of people here have recommended it so I’m excited that we are finally going and it will be a bit cooler ...

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13. A Guide for Groceries

October 15, 2015 Today’s topic is food, again. This time, it’s more focused on day-to-day meals rather than novelty foods from restaurants. You’ll find that eating out in Hong Kong adds up after a while. The canteens have food at a reasonable price and the restaurants off campus slightly more. If you’re trying to save ...

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Final Two Weeks of Class

This has been another week of work. As soon as I finished my history paper, I had to start my research poster for my Australian Biodiversity class. It’s all about the Tasmanian Devil and why captive breeding programs are so important because the facial tumor that they get is easily spread and has a 100% ...

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12. Hong Kong is on Point.

October 13, 2015 Sometimes there are things that other countries just do much, much better than the US. One thing I can think of off the top of my head is the subway systems in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Another thing that I’ll discuss in detail is the Octopus Card, a feature of Hong Kong. ...

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Work, Work, Work!

This week has been a lot of school work. I just now finished an essay for my history class that is worth 40% of my final grade! I feel like there is much less homework here, but because of that the assignments are worth so much more, meaning you have to make sure you leave ...