Thoughts from day 1:
4.50am – Why is the radio on? Oh yeah, I want to try and get to the gym before uni this morning. Okay time to get up. Wish I had packed my bag the night before. What do I need to take for the gym again? Must remember clothes for after gym.
6am – It’s still dark!
7.15am – Okay this gym thing before uni might work. Still can’t believe I have to get up earlier to get to uni than what I did for work.
8.15am – Seriously ladies – how long does it take you to do your hair. Get out of my way – I need some mirror space.
8.20am – Am thinking I should take a “selfie” on my first day. After all, my friends all take photos of their kids on their first day of school.
8.30am – Do I have time to get to the library to borrow that microbiology textbook that was mentioned in the lecture notes?
8.31am – Ahh bugger, I was supposed to check where 9am lecture was.
8.40am – I think that boy on my tram is in my course – that’s good – I can follow him.
8.45am – Looks like I don’t have time for the library. Oh well, now I can follow tram boy to the lecture. And besides who else is going to be as dorky as me to go and borrow the book from the library – I’ll get it at lunch time.
Shortly after – what happened to tram boy?
8.50am – Nice girl from orientation recognises me on the street and says hello. We head off to where we think the lecture is.
Shortly after – we charge on into the lecture theatre – these people don’t look familiar – oh dear it’s not our class.
Shortly after – I approach a man on the street to ask him where Pelham St is. We head off with his instructions only to find he gave us the wrong info.
Shortly after – Google maps
Shortly after – no it’s not that building, no it’s not that building
9.05am – Walking, walking, finally we’ve found it, 5 minutes late – that’s not too bad. I grab the first available seat – it’s up the front. Great – looks like I’m matching the mature age stereotype
9.07am – oh no I can’t work the lecture theatre tables – someone helps me.
10am – my neck hurts from looking up at the screen from the front row
11am – Just spotted tram boy, but it’s not tram boy. It’s who I thought was on my tram, but he’s wearing different clothes. So obviously tram boy wasn’t studying nursing. Good thing I didn’t follow him.
Lecture 1 goes for 4 hours. But the time passes by okay, as there is a different speaker every hour. Associate Professor Jane Freemantle was a stand-out for her engaging presentation. There is a big focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. I wonder how our terrible history and even the current failings with Aboriginal health is seen by the international students completing the course.
12.20pm – The girl beside me is eating a box of Barbeque shapes. She’s really ploughing through them. I think she could have chosen something a bit quieter.
1pm – Lunch time
1.15pm – Library – On no I’ve spotted another nursing student at the reference desk – I bet she is after the same book as me. I’m sure with my expertise in libraries I’ll grab it first.
Shortly after – Bugger – should have written down the call number. Oh hello – there is the student from my course with a librarian showing her where the book is.
Shortly after – Duh – the book that was available this morning is now gone, plus the edition before that – I end up borrowing one that is almost 20 years old. I suppose nothing much has changed in the world of microbiology.
Next I ask the librarian for assistance with the other book. Also needed assistance with borrowing the books. #libraryfail
1.30pm – I’m starving. Ding, ding, ding – winner, winner, winner. How cheap are sandwiches here compared to work?
2pm – Okay I think the next lecture starts at 2.30 – I’m going to be early.
2.15pm – Okay I’m not early – lecture actually started at 2.15pm
2.45pm – Yikes science!
3pm – Okay – not even sure how to take notes about this stuff.
3.15pm – Maybe I’ll just list the stuff I don’t know anything about, and then that will prompt me to do some reading about that.
3.20pm – Um there’s too much I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just get a basic biology textbook to get me up to speed.
4pm – Thank God for the Haighs the Ashurst library team gave me a farewell present.
4.15 – Hello sunshine. Hello grass.
I take my selfie for Facebook.
4.30pm – I’ve discovered the City Library has Biology for Dummies on the shelf. Must go and see if I can borrow it.