Hi all, I'm Inci and I'm a Junior at The Pennsylvania State University otherwise known as Penn State. I'm majoring in International Communication and double minoring in International Studies and Sociology. I was born in Istanbul, Turkey but grew up in New Jersey. Yes, I am bilingual. No, I do not have an accent (I wish). I'm going to be tackling Sydney, Australia head on and I couldn't be more excited! Beautiful beaches, kangaroos, and accents, Australia is my dream come true.
Suddenly I’m feeling like Bon Jovi jamming out to Livin’ On a Prayer because we’re half way there! My mind still can’t fathom the idea of being in Australia and I’m already half way done! How is this even possible? The time gods are not in my favor. It’s all just rolling by too fast.
It’s about to be a week since break was over. Classes are up and running and I still can’t get break out of my head. Not because it was break and I didn’t have to read or do work for classes but because it was the best trip I’ve taken in my life.
March 14th, 2013 was probably one of the most anticipated dates of my lifetime. The 14th, which is also Pi Day, marked the 30 days or in other words, 1 month that I have been in Sydney. It’s hard to believe that it has already been a month since I have begun my journey here in Australia.
Never in a million years would I have thought that I would ever hear the words New Jersey and cool in the same sentence. It must be a million and one years because it has happened. I am into my second week of classes and tutorials are in effect. What are tutorials you ask?
Culture shock in Australia, yes it exists! One can actually experience such a feeling in Sydney. I have lots of friends who chose to study abroad in Spain, Italy, France and many more places. I knew they would experience an obvious shock once they got to these places.
Three days and three beaches explored. Time has been moving incredibly fast since I’ve landed in Sydney. It has only been five days since I’ve been here but it feels more like 50. Everyday is packed with lots to do. Three out of those five days that I’ve been here were spent at the beach.
For months and months I have been waiting for this moment to arrive and finally, it’s here. Tomorrow I’ll be on a plane on route to Sydney, Australia for 23 hours but today, I’m staring at my suitcase thinking of what to pack.