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I am Freeeeeee…For Now

Hello to ALL the wonderful people who are reading this,

How are you? I’m fine! I’m actually beyond FINE because I just submitted my last assignment! I’m currently assignment FREE! I know that to some of you this may not seem like a big achievement, so I wanted to provide an insight into Australian universities – or at least how Deakin University works.

asghThe Cube, Two of the buildings I have lectures in. (Waurn Ponds Campus)

In case you don’t know, I’m a second year English Lit student and I had to do 4 subjects – or units (that’s how they refer to subjects here). I chose to do two Literary Studies units and two Children’s Lit units – something that my departmental advisor recommended doing back in Aber (Tip: make sure you consult with your departmental advisor before choosing subjects in your exchange application)! I was really excited when lectures started back in July! I had already gone through all the information that I needed to know about the units I’d be doing and I felt confident and prepared for this trimester. At this point, I should let you know that Deakin uni has 3 trimesters instead of 2 semesters, which I’ve been told is not the case for most of the universities in Australia – just how Deakin operates! Trimesters are shorter than semesters but just as intense. For example, I’m currently doing Tri2 of 2016 which started in July and ends mid-October.

Good news is that I have no exams! Yeah, really! Because I’m a Lit student all of my units are assessed through assignments. Many of them! This trimester I had to do a total of 11 assignments, including an online test and a presentation. By the end of this trimester I will have written around 18.000 words worth of assignments! Compared to my first year experience in Aber, I have to say that this short trimester was a lot of work and research and countless hours spend in the library or in front of my laptop! Even though I’m currently sick and tired of this trimester, I cannot really complain. Don’t get me wrong! I’m glad this trimester is almost over and I have no more assignments to worry about but I never really felt under pressure or that I wouldn’t be able to submit an assignment.

Thing is, Deakin is very organized and they have at least two inter-trimester breaks scheduled for each trimester. As I said, trimesters are shorter than a semester but they are very intense! We had our first break back in August – when things were pretty relaxed so I had taken the opportunity to travel for that week – while our second break is just before the exams. I feel that the second break is very well planned as we are given the chance to submit any last assignments and get ready for the exams.

 

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The mural behind the library, another building in the campus

What are my plans now that I’m assignment free?

Well, I was originally planning on travelling some more before I go home but the people I was going to travel with have to study for their exams. I could still travel alone but I’d rather not. So, I have decided to explore Melbourne some more and maybe even visit the two other campuses that Deakin uni has. I can’t believe that time flew by soooooo fast! It’s been 3 months since I arrived in Australia but it doesn’t feel like it! I’ll be leaving in two and a half weeks to go home (to Greece) before I come back in February again but I’ve already scheduled some trips for when I come back. I definitely feel more prepared for the next trimester this time around.

Until next time,

Sofia T.

 

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