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One Month

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve blogged – I feel like I really do need to blog more so I’ve decided to neglect my intentions to study tonight and do a blog post. I’ve been putting this off for a few days and the photos have been accumulating on my phone and I really don’t want this blog to turn out like my personal one where I just spam photos.

BUT, since today marks exactly one month since I’ve arrived in China and UNNC, I felt like I needed to make a post commemorating this occasion.

So, going off where I last left off – uni life has started and I’m settling in. Honestly, I would say that going to UNNC is not that different from going to UNSW. The workload seems to be fairly similar and the way lectures/seminars are run by lecturers/tutors are pretty much the same as back at UNSW. The main difference would probably be the fact that lectures/seminars are not run every week like at UNSW. For example, for all my subjects, seminars only happen twice a semester which means there’s a lot more self-study but at the same time I find it quite strange because for one of my subjects, the lecturer expects a group presentation in the first seminar. Am I just meant to email the people in my entire seminar asking if they have a group? Because as an exchange student I know 0 people in my lecture and there’s close to 200 people in my lecture too.

Before I move onto lighter things, I also have one complaint about a terrible lecturer I have. I won’t mention names but my god, I have never had a lecturer as bad as this one. I mean, if you hate teaching so much, why bother teach? Also, I’m getting quite stressed trying to stop this lecturer’s class clashing with 3 of my other ones and honestly, the admin is rather slow and inefficient. I do quite miss UNSW timetabling and admin support. I do understand this uni is quite new and I shouldn’t be complaining but it does feel like I moved from some corporate job to a start-up that has no idea what they’re doing.

On the plus side, I do think UNNC is quite pretty – especially the Chinese garden! And they recently opened up this book store across my dorm building and for some reason a bar/shisa thing above the book store? Not sure why they thought having these things so close to each other was a good idea but at least it’s not very noisy.

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Chinese Garden on campus

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Book Store on High Street

Now onto things not related to uni. Last week (I think), I went to Dongqian Lake with some girls and it was really nice getting to meet new people. Dongqian Lake is huge! HUGE. I don’t think we even got see half of it but we were all so tired after about 3-4 hours there?

We also chose a day where the weather was way too good and by that I mean, it was around 31 degrees and blue skies and sun and we did a lot more walking that I would’ve liked to. There was one part where we walked up all these stairs because we thought there would be a great view at the top but then we found out the entire view was blocked by trees – that was probably my only regret of the day. The other being that night, I also agreed to going for a run with my friend and it was probably not the best idea.

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Entrance to Taogong Island 陶公岛

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Temple at Taogong Island (Dongqian Lake)

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We saw this statue from far away and were determined to find it

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Dongqian Lake!

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Dongqian Lake

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Just before this shot, we accidentally trespassed into some residential property.

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Spot the julie

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Dongqian Lake – check out that weather tho!

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Dongqian Lake

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Dongqian Lake

After this outing, I don’t think I did too much except going to hotpot with some new friends on the weekend. I think being here has really pushed me out of my comfort zone – like I really don’t remember it being this hard to meet new people and make friends back home. Or have I just become more awkward as I’ve grown up? For example: over the first week of uni, I signed up to the Korean Society (UNNC’s version of Kpopsoc) and last week they had their first member meet and greet except I psyched myself out to the point that I couldn’t go to the meeting and now I have some regrets about it. I feel like it would be really awkward if I just turned up to a later event?

Anyway, I’m going to leave it here. We’re currently 4 days into the Chinese National Holiday break so I do want to get a lot of study done before we resume uni. But I also want to get out and travel more? Dilemmas, dilemmas.

I realised I haven’t left any song recommendations in a while so I want to do that.

New Empire – A Little Braver (Soooo, I just found out New Empire is from Sydney!!! I only found out about this song because it was in the Spotify Playlist for Korean drama OSTs)
Dean – I Love It (feat. Dok2)
Infinite – One Day (They came back! Finally! I’ve missed them. I also bought the album and sent it to my home in Sydney so I guess I’ll get to finally open my album next year July)
Blackbear – Ain’t Trippin & 90210

I think I really ought to blog more consistently.

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