Hey everyone, I’m one of the new study abroad law bloggers! I’ll be updating you on my life as a student 23 hours away and of course all about the course I’m studying.
Let me just tell you a little bit about myself. I’m born and bred in North West London and I live with my parents and my twin sister. My father is Indian and my mother is Colombian, and unlike either, I’m an aspiring lawyer. As a person I’m incredibly chatty, outgoing, and can usually either be found on a dancefloor or in the library.
If you’ve read my profile, you’ll see I am currently in Perth, more specifically at the University of Western Australia. Studying a year abroad is something I wanted to do before I even came to uni, and was something I specifically looked for when choosing my prospective universities. I have been here nearly a month now, and I can firmly say that so far, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. God I hope I haven’t jinxed myself by speaking too soon.
First of all, I’ll try and paint a mental picture of my campus because it’s safe to say it’s the first thing captured my heart and I can only try to give it justice in my ensuing description. The grounds are quite literally breath taking. From the moment you enter, you are welcomed by the signature clock tower of Winthrop Hall, its Romanesque architecture magnificently overlooks a reflection pond which, historically, ended up being completed by students after the original builders went on strike. Behind this building is where I believe the magic lies. There are tropical gardens home to gigantic trees and an array of exotic birds including my absolute favourite- peacocks. Not quite the flock of (worryingly brave) pigeons you see almost everywhere in London. I honestly find myself bewildered as to how this can be an academic institution.
Just when I thought things couldn’t be better, I arrived at my halls of residence. Now, in my first year at Leicester, I was at JoFo and I absolutely loved it. My Quorndon block was sort of modern, hexagonal shaped with flats of 4-5 people, perfectly sized en suite rooms. In Perth however, I am staying at
Hogwarts St Georges College, one of the four residential colleges attached to the university. Basically, it is a castle. No exaggeration whatsoever. It’s designed to imitate a college in Cambridge (which one, I’m not certain), and the grounds are incredible. Aesthetics aside, there is a fierce community spirit at the college whereby not only does everyone know everyone, everyone looks out for everyone. It’s simply- amazing.
Another Perth positive I have so readily embraced is, of course, the travelling. As an avid traveller myself (avid being a wild understatement) I have already taken advantage of the fact that I am right below South East Asia, and had the absolute pleasure of going to Indonesia just before my studies began. Perhaps I’ll divulge on my experience in another blog, but I will say that it was nothing short of a crazy, crazy adventure. I’m currently planning my Summer holiday travels (November to February break: eeeeeeeek) of more backpacking and exploring of Asia, and also hope to see fellow Blogger and great friend Hermon Bahru somewhere along the line.
I feel it’s probably time to draw this to an end. I’m sitting in the law courtyard overlooking a Japanese pond (Yes, I know- it just gets better) just about to enter a two hour intellectual property lecture. Expect my following blog to address my units and lectures- I am almost bursting to write about it. Whether that’s a good thing or bad thing, you’ll just have to wait and find out.
P.S: If you’re feeling low, wondering why you’re not already on a plane to Perth, I’ve got something that will make you feel that tiny bit better: the weather has been dire for quite a large portion of my time here. I’m talking spontaneous, monsoon type downpours.
But then again we’ll be hitting 40° soon enough.