So we have finally reached the middle of semester! It’s weird to think I am half done with all my papers, but it’s quite a relief to have finished the first wave of assignments and exams. They are weighted much more severely here than back at home, so the nerves are a little more intense, but I feel confident in my performance. We also just recently celebrated mid semester break with a trip to Eden Park to see the All Blacks play the Wallabies (Australians). For those of you who don’t know, the All Blacks are the national rugby union team of New Zealand, and I think, the best in the world (granted I have only watched rugby for the past two seasons, but zero losses I think puts them towards the top). We all got a little nervous when the Wallabies got 2 penalty kicks up before the All Blacks did anything, putting us behind 6 from the start. But it was quite a laugh to be nervous when by halftime we were winning 30 to 6. It was kinda slow, the Aussies didn’t know what they had coming, but by the second half they turned up their game and it was a good fight to an All Black victory of 51-20. Oh, and also, if you ever see the All Blacks do their haka, bring a change of pants. I was like 2 kilometers away and I still was shaking in my boots! But now it’s break! And I am traveling to the cook islands, a 3 hour flight, right near Fiji. So I will be sure to take pictures and keep you updated on all the wonderful things I do there.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Clayton Kovich and I am a Junior at Purdue University in Indiana. I am studying Psychology with a focus on criminal behavior, hoping to aid in the growing industry of rehabilitation. I am from Michigan originally, but having moved many times growing up I have developed a fondness for travel, leading me to this adventure to New Zealand. I love poetry and music, and I look forward to the inspiration and insight this experience will provide me, and hope to use my talents to bring a piece of that experience home for others to enjoy as well.</span></p>