Tue 2 May 2006
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Congratulations to all of you who just found out that you are accepted into the Fall ‘05 UQ Program. I am sure that you all will love it as much as the rest of us. We actually just got back from an amazing field trip on Sunday. As part of our MARS2005 class, which is an Australian Marine Life class, we went to Heron Island for five days (paid for by Dickinson!). It’s a really small, isolated island on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. You can literally walk around the entire island in less than a half hour. We went snorkeling and saw tons of coral, bright fish, stingrays, reef sharks, and HUGE turtles. I also released some baby turtles into the ocean and tried to protect them from the seagulls (only 1 in every 1000 turtles survives!) I love that we are able to travel to such amazing places for class.
Classes in general are A LOT bigger than Dickinson. My genetics class has two lecture streams, with about 200 people. My biochemistry class has about 350 students. It’s unlikely that your professor will ever learn your name and probably won’t even recognize you, which is obviously very different than Dickinson. In fact, in all of my science classes, the professors rotate every couple of weeks. Tutors teach labs, not professors, so you interact more with your tutors than you do professors, but the professors host tutorials once every couple of weeks in case you have any questions. Honestly, it’s a really nice change of pace from Dickinson, and it makes life a lot less stressful. I thought that I wouldn’t like the anonymity but it actually gives you a great deal of independence. It’s also nice because it’s a not a big deal if you miss classes because of travel.
Well, that’s all for now- I’m still exhausted from basically traveling for the entire month of April, but I thought that I’d finally post since I’m going to be in Brisbane for a while (or at least a weekend or two!)