Past Few Weeks in Canada!!

Hey there!

I’ve been having such an amazing and fun time here in Canada! Everything has been really busy with the start of my courses (aka subjects back home), participating in as many things as possible and making even more friends!

Last week I found myself trying to join as many clubs and associations as possible. My favourite club so far is the UFV Health Club which schedules fun physical activities around the British Columbia (BC) area. The first activity was hiking at Lindeman Lake!! It was absolutely amazing! The scenes were so beautiful!! I could try and describe them to you however my photos will do a better job.

The lakeStart of the Hike

Our group of keen hikers

Our group of keen hikers

Starting to climb up! Aussies :D The lake Just so Beautiful

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Boo!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Boo!

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Some of our group decided that they would like to jump off the rock into the water. The leader of our group estimated that the water temp was about 4 degrees, so there were a few screams and it wasn’t due to the height of the rock 😛

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Hope to post more of my time here soon



Settled in & studying…

image image image image image imageI have experienced O Week, and 2 weeks worth of classes, I cannot believe how fast the time is flying!

The campus here at HSU is huge, and even in my 3 weeks of exploring, there is still so much more to discover, both on and off campus.

these past 3 weeks have been pretty jam packed, I am making the most of being a full time, on campus student; and what University experience would be complete without joining a sports team?? None!
So myself and a few of the other exchange students, along with some American transfer students decided to join the Ultimate Frizbee teams here at HSU (men’s and woman’s). The weekly commitment is around 7 hours of training a week, plus tournament time when they start, but both the men’s and woman’s teams know how to have a good time when the training is finished. It’s been a great way to meet some great people and have a whole heap of fun, both on and off the field!
Already the woman’s team (the Hags) have planned a camping trip away to get to know each other and have some fun, this includes coming up with nick names for all the new players.

Classes here at HSU have been great so far, class sizes are small, which means I’ll get to know the teachers; and already I have been assigned some group work tasks, which means I’ll have the opportunity to get to know my class mates a bit better too.
I am really enjoying my busy schedule; balancing academics, with ultimate training, plus making the most of my weekends socialising and site seeing.

One thing that has made life a little easier, and has saved me a bit of time, has been my meal plan. There are a range of different places to eat food at around the campus, which means variety and convenience! One of the cheapest places to eat is ‘The J’, it is the furthest place from where I am living, but worth the continuous stair and hill climbing to get a good feed. My favourite part about it is the salad bar, there are so many options, I love it! Another great place to eat at is ‘The Depot’, it’s more like a food court, but at 3-6 Monday to Friday the bar opens and students (who are over 21) can enjoy a beer and a game of pool after a full day of studying.

I am loving getting around campus on foot, and by bike, but as weekends are short and fly by so fast, it’s nice meeting people who own cars.
This past weekend a group of us went to one of the beautiful beaches north of Arcata in a town called Trinidad. College Cove was a great day to spend a hot summers day. The water was freezing, but it’s not a real beach trip unless you get your whole body wet!

Last night was the first HSU Lumberjacks football game for the season. This was a completely new experience for me, as American football is very different to AFL back home. It was fun getting painted and getting into the celebrations in the crowd. The atmosphere was more exciting than the game, I found it hard to stay focused on, as there is more standing around then actual play time. But all the same, it was a great experience to be a part of.

It has been 3 amazing weeks here at HSU, I am so excited for the next three months, and what they have in store for me.

O Week in Canada!!

Hey everyone!

I’m writing to you from all the way in Abbotsford, Canada. This is my third day at the University and everything has been amazing! I arrived in Vancouver on Monday, and was picked up by a limousine transportation service which took me to Baker House (the on campus accommodation) where I crashed in my new bed due to my first experience of jet lag.

Day One (Tuesday) began by meeting other international students and our mentors in the cafeteria. This was followed by the international staff greeting us in a lecture room and explaining what would be happening for O Week!!! Afterwards, we began the Amazing Race, which involved everyone being assigned into a group of four. Your group would then run around the whole campus completing challenges and gaining stickers on our large group map. One such challenge was making individual recordings of each member of the group at the radio station located on campus. Each group member would say their name, where they are from and what they are studying. This was later played on the station. After running all over campus, our group bolted into the final room where we received cheers from the international staff. It had turned out that we were first to arrive back! Our group received UFV jumpers, shirts, drink bottles and $100 each to spend at the Rockies!! To top it off, Monique, another Australian from CSU came second! Let’s go Aussies!!

It was clear that the small number of Aussies would be a challenge to beat in upcoming events 🙂

Day Two (Wednesday) consisted of travelling with our mentor’s to the Mall in Abbotsford where we would get some lunch and do some shopping. I ended up forgetting my board shorts (terrible Aussie haha) and was glad to find a store that sold them.

Day Three (Thursday), today we met every new Canadian student at the New Student Orientation. The orientation involved looking at the many different clubs and associations, trying to win free prizes, meeting many Canadian students and getting free food!!!

Day Four (Friday), today was absolutely amazing. Baker House (the residence) had a day trip to Chilliwack to the Cultus Lake Waterpark. We spend the day riding the many different rides available, including THE VALLEY OF DEATH!!! The scariest ride at the park.

I think Monique and I also scared many of the residences when we were talking about our thongs, it turns out in Canada they call thongs flip flops 😛

Joe 😀