Tue 12 Apr 2005
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So I haven’t written in a while– sorry about that! I have now been in Aussie for almost 2 months. I have written one entry thus far- my sincere apologies to all! So, what shall I discuss in this entry? How about “College Life”. The equivalent, if you may call it such, of our dorms, are called Colleges. For example, I live in Women’s College. There are others who live in “Emmanuel College” or “Kings College”. Colleges are the way in which you meet people that go to your school. Many of the students live at home and commute each day to classes at Uni. The students who live in collegse, meet their “real” friends there. You eat at your college, have a computer lab in your college, obviously sleep there, collect/send your mail there and plan outings, etc… with those you live near. Your college is much like a “mini school” within Uni. For example, I live at Women’s College. We have colors, chants, cheers, even dances, all pertaining to our college. There is an ICC (Inter-collegiate cup) challenge that takes place throughout the year between colleges. The competition includes (but is not limited to): Sports (Cricket, Vollyball, AFL, Rowing, Netball, Swimming, etc…), and Social (Dancing, Theater, BandFest, Choral, Debate). Members of their respective college show up to each event fully decked out in their colors and “costumes”… Each college tries to out-do the other ones…with screaming and chants. In addition, their “mascot” is also taken to each event. The mascot is not taken lightly and student will literally tackle others in order to save their mascot and keep it safe. One fellow “Woozer” (Women’s girl) had the Mary Woozer Doll (our mascot) duct taped around her body last year at the swimming event and a Jabber (Member of John’s college) picked her up and stole her…that’s right, these attacks are very common. Anyways, in addition to competition, each college also usually comes up with a slogan for their merchandise (be it a hoody, a tank-top, a polo, shorts,etc…). This year, the Women’s College slogan is “Walk in our shoes or stand in our shadow”. As you can already guess, I live with all girls…something that I must say, I really wasn’t ready for… however, after spending almost 2 months here, I must say, I quite enjoy it. Yes, it’s like a gigantic sorority house…we must always look our best and be a good representation of the college… and yes, getting decked out in high heels, mini skirts, jewlery, hair done, make-up done, and dawning our acas (Academic gowns) for a formal dinner, every tuesday night gets a little tiresome, it’s still fun and the excitement is well worth it. The WoCo girls are truly phenomenal…they’re funny, cute and full of pep…seriously. They’ll forever do some things that I for one, just don’t understand, but what can ya do…it’s part of the culture and you must simply embrace it! Take for example- belts. Gigantic, thick, sparkly belts are in fashion right now…doesn’t matter what you wear, but if you wear a belt and high heels, you’re golden…:0) In addition, the mealtimes/methods are very interesting… you do not have the choices that Dickinson offers, by any means. The food however, is still good…it does get a little boring sometimes…for example, there is usually rice and veggies for dinner (as the sides) but the desserts are heaven-sent, the cooks are friendly and just makes you appreciate Dickinson meals that much more. There are no point-systems here, etc… you eat during the allotted times, or you are responsible for buying your own food elsewhere. People from other colleges can come eat with you, but they have to pay $6…unless it’s a girl and you can try and sneak her in…sometimes they don’t realize every girl that lives in college. Another thing- the phones are set-up so that you can “call” everyone…you can access everyone’s voicemail and leave them a messege…so yes, there are always tons of msgs coming through… They are about a wide range of activities…. everything from safety workshops to pub-crawl announcements to sports practices to where you can purchase cocktail tickets. The idea of the college system is actually reall neat. What’s even cooler is how they plan social events between colleges… for example they’ll set up a pubcrawl with three of the colleges, and the members of each college will wear their colors, so you know who lives with you and who are the other people you’re with…thus making it easier to branch out. The amount of spirit in college is what makes it truly incredible. I don’t think in my 21 years of schooling in the states (well, i guess 20 years, if you don’t count this year abroad)… I have ever seen this much spirit. I sometimes wish I could videotape it and bring it back to Dickinson so everyone could see how neat it is when the whole school is hardcore about their support…almost like the eastern part of PA during the superbowl!! Alright, I gotta get going again, but there will be more later— so much to tell!!!