Wednesday, August 31, 2011

You Did What?!

Where I've been and what I've done
  • Opera House
  • Luna Park
  • Manly Beach
  •  Bondi Beach
  • Watson's Bay
  • Hyde Park Barracks
  • Observatory
  • The Rocks
  • Canberra
  • Art Gallery
  • Parliament
  • War Museum
  • National Museum
  • Embassy Drive
  • Wollongong --> Kiama --> Jambaroo --> Minamurra Rainforest
  • Botanic Garden
  • NSW Art Gallery
  • NSW St. Library
  • Black Tie @ Bondi
  • Flash mob --> Improv Everywhere
  • Darling Harbour
  • Paddy's Markets
Where I want to Go and What I want to Do
  • Featherdale --> pet things
  • Aquarium --> feed sharkies
  • Sydney Tower
  • Olympic Park
  • Newcastle
  • Janolin Caves?
  • Blue Mountains
  • Cockatoo Island
  • Bridge Tower Climb
  • Beach walk/hike
  • Cronulla Beach
  • See filming of Australia's next top model
  • Find Leo/ see someone famous
  • Bungee Jump
  • Surf
  • Camp on the Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Walk across the Anzac and Harbour Bridges
  • Ride a sailboat
  • Eat a meat pie with mash
  • Eat Greek, Mediterranean, and Indian (curry)
  • Eat Kangaroo
  • Observatory @Night

New Zealand
    • Zorbing
    • Possible Bungee here
    • Zip line

Learning from the Best

Here is one of my daily devos that I thought you guys and gals might enjoy! 
Matthew 9:9-26
  • Vs. 9-13  When Jesus calls Matthew to follow Him, he goes without hesitation and even invites Jesus to dine with him later for dinner that night. He didn't know who he was other than Jesus was calling him to follow. What faith is that to have some random dude walk up to you and tell you to follow him and you do it?! That's so mind boggling to me. I'm sure if I would be able to do the same today, and yet I kind of have been called by a man that I really and truly don't know. But He has called me to follow Him and I will with all my hear and soul.
  • V12 Jesus always seems to hear what the Pharies have to say even when they aren't talking to Him. Jesus doesn't want the people who think they have it all together and the people who are already His. He came to gather the people who think they don't stand a chance and whom the world has told they aren't worth their time.
  • Vs.14-17 pretty straightforward and obvious
  • Vs. 18-26 The kicker. I love verse 18 so much. The more I read it and think about it the more I fall in love with it. The ruler here has so much faith in Jesus that he goes up to Him and says that if He will just go, his daughter will be healed. The ruler expects it. He knows that Jesus has the authority to do anything, all he had to do was have the faith in that statement. And it’s the very same with us. We just have to believe and expect in Jesus, that He will fulfill what we ask of Him. This man is different from the other people who have come to Jesus asking and saying "Lord if you are willing;" this ruler came telling, not asking. His faith is so bold and real that he demands it almost of Jesus. I wish I had faith like the ruler.
  •  Vs. 20 How foolish those flute players must have felt after they say the little girl awake.
  •  I wonder what it would have been like to be one of those people  that were healed or touched by Jesus or even brought back to life? How much their lives would have changed from Him is unimaginable. And yet, I am one of those people. No, I haven't seen Him in person, but I have seen His hand in my life and I have known that he is, was and always will be right beside me. My life has been changed by Him. I am just like that little girl. I was dead/"sleeping" before He came into my life, and now I am live and awake in Him. He has given me a new life and a new chance at being His daughter. Thank you God for waking me up!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I'm giving up

So you know how when you tell yourself that you are going to do one thing and then you decide later that there is no point or logical reason as to why you told yourself you wanted to do what you decided to do? Well i'm right there with ya.
I decided before this trip that I was going to continue working out and staying fit and in shape. My roommate and I began to go running every now and again at our local park to "stay in shape." We have also been walking everywhere we go which  is good and keeps us in shape. But....we have been eating heaps of food with dessert at every single meal. There is  so much food to eat and and so many new things to try, that I have finally decided to forgo the constant worrying about not getting fat and gaining weight and to go all out. Eating all the food I haven't ever heard of, all the Tim Tams I want and not worry about anything. This is the time of my life and there's no need to waste one delicious morsel of it worrying about my figure. I'm going to follow Julia Roberts' footsteps and find my self not fitting into my jeans and going on a carb spree.

: D

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Grades in HD

Why on earth did I just get a "D" on this paper I worked my butt off on?

This is one of the many common questions one might hear an American say to themselves after getting an assignment back from a professor here in Australia. But this isn't a bad thing here--at least not to the Aussie students.
You may be thinking how on earth is a "D" a good grade? Allow me to explain. "D" stands for distinction. So to get a distinction mark is really good.
To an Aussie (pronounced ozzie), a "C" is the common grade letter to shoot for and the most common one to get.
For the American students coming to Australia hoping to keep up their GPA up,  this may seem slightly alarming, I was sure alarmed. In order to get a good grade you have to work really hard, and I mean more than back in the States. An "A" here is referred to as a high distinction and its apparently really hard to get them (plural because there are three levels to getting an HD or H mark). Grades here aren't called grades either. They are called marks.
Students at Wesley seem to not try to hard to get good marks and are perfectly fine with getting C's. Which freaked us all out. In our handbook, getting a "C" is doing a "good, above average level of achievement." No thank you! The number grade is still a "C" and it actually translates into a "D" back home (the US).
C = 74% - 65%  :-(
C = 60 - 55 no good
All the other grades are pretty similar, in that they are still confusing, but its such a long list I wont bother you with it.
With most of us are here on scholarship we all want to get good marks. This then leads to a little bit of Aussie teasing, because they first of all don't have GPA's here and second of all don't really care about their grades in the same way we do back home.  When we got here we found out really soon that Aussies don't really care about grades. Since the school we are at is a performing arts school, they care more about the experience. At least this has been my understanding so far. We get made fun of here too, for always having our stuff finished before the Aussies. Its rather funny actually because we'll be in class and have something due and the Americans (us) are the only ones in some classes that will have the assignment completed and completed on time. We also seem to be too early for all our classes. I found out quick that Aussies are never early and are always late or barely on time. So naturally I started to adopt that mannerism and always wait till the last minute to get to class, which I did back at home anyways, so, there's really no change there.
Another thing that threw us all off and continues to throw me off all the time, is their way of handing out assignments. On the first day of classes you get your syllabus and inside is the entire semester's assignments and its our responsibility to keep ourselves accountable for turning things in on time, asking our own questions and finishing the assignments without reminders from the teachers. Its really annoying and in my personal opinion, stupid. You forget about things so easily and I absolutely love the way Howard Payne (my home University fyi) runs their classrooms and I will never ever complain about my classes again. And they don't call it University here, its Uni. They simplify everything!
We also seem to have all our assignments for every class due on the same days. This gets really hard as well.
*Side note: My brain keeps thinking of things to say and this is getting longer than I thought.*
Something else I just remembered is the way we hand in our papers. You never ever hand in anything to your teacher here! And ones wonders why they lose papers all the time? There is a bright yellow sheet that you attach to everything you will ever turn in, and you have to have it filled out with all this information--its also really annoying. You then turn in everything to the assignment box in the foyer and after they receive it you get the bottom slip of your yellow paper back saying they officially got your paper. I love America!
These are just a few of the random things that are so different about grades, classes and papers here in the land down undah (cuz that's how you have to pronounce anything ending in an "r" here if you are Australian).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Hey guys! Sorry its been so long since I last updated my site here. I had a hacker take over my account and haven't had it until just this very moment. So hooray for Google and boo for hackers.
More updates to follow with pics and the works later. Its nighty nite time now.
Love yall
D :-)