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Australiaaaaa

 

Hello Everyone,

 

It has been a long time but life in Australia has been so fast paced. It feels like I am trying to take an elaborate vacation while also attending classes and writing papers. It is different from the American system because we only go to class for a short period of time, but the expectation is that you are putting in many study hours outside of class. So I have been finding myself studying on buses, planes, and trams while I try and explore this beautiful country. I know all of you only have a month left of school but I am only seven weeks in so while you all are enjoying summer I will still be here trying to keep up my blog JWe just returned from a week long stay up in Broome. This field trip was a part of the curriculum for our Australian History class. It was such an amzing experience. Broome is one of the most northern cities in Western Australia and where we 4WD out to ( Betweeen Leveque Bay and One Armed Point) is the northern most point in Western Australia. Random note: the dirt up there is red, not slightly red, like RED RED. We stayed with an aboriginal family and throughout the week we talked to many aborigine adults and elders. We learned about the stolen generation, in which aboriginal were taken from their homes by white settlers. It was a very sombre subject to listen to, but it must be told so history does not repeat itself. Before we left for Broome we all went camping on Rottnest Island which is just off the coast of Perth. Basically living in Australia is everything you would imagine it to be; simple, laid-back, fun, culturally stimulating, and many more adjectives and adverbs lol. I encourage everyone to do it if they can you will not regret it. I will try and keep up on blogging everyone so sorry! I am going to Tasmania for a week coming up soon so I will blog from there

Katie!

 

            

Australia!!

 

Hello All!!

 

I hope everyone’s year at Portland is going well. I know all of you are knee-deep in the semester, where as I haven’t even started! I heard it has been pretty rainy, and I know at least for me that could get me down during the year, but in a month or so it will be beautiful! Just you all wait!

 

My time abroad so far, in Australia, has been fantastic! This country is absolutely beautiful, and the cities are so animated and lively. There is always something going on, something to do, and something to see. I started this trip by flying to Sydney with ten other people. We stayed in a villa in a town called Narabeen, which is about a 45-minute bus ride outside of Sydney, so we just rode in on the bus each day. We went on a tour all over Sydney, we toured the Opera House, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, went to a show inside the Opera House, went to Bondi beach, and so much more. We went out a few nights and then stayed in a few nights with each other. I honestly had the time of my life.

 

We left Sydney on Monday, which was your Sunday, and arrived to Perth. Our campus is actually in a small city just outside of Perth called Fremantle. Since Monday, we have had Orientation things all week, but we are slowly getting to know our new surroundings. We have gone on long runs to South beach and taken many dips in the ocean (some at midnight.) We went to this Restaurant/ Brewery called Little Creatures, which was delicious, and also hit up some of the coffee shops. Perth is a very new city, but it is still so much fun. We are going there tonight!

 

If any of you are thinking about studying abroad all I can say is…. Do it. Don’t second guess your decision to go. I have only been here for two weeks, but I have had the time of my life. I will put up some pictures to try and convince you all!

 

Good luck with everything, and I will try to keep up better with blogging now that I have internet. Toodles!!Hello All!!

 

I hope everyone’s year at Portland is going well. I know all of you are knee-deep in the semester, where as I haven’t even started! I heard it has been pretty rainy, and I know at least for me that could get me down during the year, but in a month or so it will be beautiful! Just you all wait!

 

My time abroad so far, in Australia, has been fantastic! This country is absolutely beautiful, and the cities are so animated and lively. There is always something going on, something to do, and something to see. I started this trip by flying to Sydney with ten other people. We stayed in a villa in a town called Narabeen, which is about a 45-minute bus ride outside of Sydney, so we just rode in on the bus each day. We went on a tour all over Sydney, we toured the Opera House, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, went to a show inside the Opera House, went to Bondi beach, and so much more. We went out a few nights and then stayed in a few nights with each other. I honestly had the time of my life.

 

We left Sydney on Monday, which was your Sunday, and arrived to Perth. Our campus is actually in a small city just outside of Perth called Fremantle. Since Monday, we have had Orientation things all week, but we are slowly getting to know our new surroundings. We have gone on long runs to South beach and taken many dips in the ocean (some at midnight.) We went to this Restaurant/ Brewery called Little Creatures, which was delicious, and also hit up some of the coffee shops. Perth is a very new city, but it is still so much fun. We are going there tonight!

 

If any of you are thinking about studying abroad all I can say is…. Do it. Don’t second guess your decision to go. I have only been here for two weeks, but I have had the time of my life. I will put up some pictures to try and convince you all!

 

Good luck with everything, and I will try to keep up better with blogging now that I have internet. Toodles!!

 

        

Almost Australia Time!

 

Hey Everybody,

 

I am sorry I haven’t written in such a long time! My schedule is a little off since I have yet to start school, but I finally am getting back into a rhythm.  

 

My break was (and still is) great! I basically just saw friends and family, nothing too eventful. Then after New Years, rather than pay a nurse, my family hired me to take care of my Grandma for the month of January. Even though her dementia is getting much worse, she is still such a funny and loving lady. I am so lucky to have gotten that time with her. My cousins live in Montana as well so I was with those munchkins a lot too.

 

Just three days ago I flew from her house to Portland so I could see everyone there before I leave. The weekend was AWESOME!! I hadn’t realized just how much I missed everyone until I came back and was surrounded by all of them again.  [Cheers to a good weekend] This morning I flew home, and now I am just posted in bed next to my little sister. She was in a bad ski accident over break, tearing three ligaments, so she had surgery a week ago and is now in recovery mode.

 

Not much else to say here. I hope everyone is having a fantastic second semester. This past weekend the weather was beautiful, so hopefully all of you are enjoying that!! I look forward to writing you all again…. only next time from the land down unda’!!!

Christmas Time : )

 

Hello Everyone!

 

It is Monday morning and the wind outside my window is keeping me up so I figured I should just get up and get my day started early, beginning with a blog! After returning from fall break, it is definitely hard to stay motivated so as to finish the year strong. As the Christmas season approaches, the last thing students want to do is hold up in a study room with a textbook to read or paper to write. After thirteen weeks of rigorous studying and work, we are ready to kiss school goodbye for a little while. Likewise, the thought of home cooked meals and your own bed for a whole month I think clouds our enthusiasm to enjoy these last few weeks of school. I am definitely a culprit of this kind of behavior. However, last night I took a break from studying to look at pictures from this year. I know I over use this already completely cliché phrase, but TIME REALLY DOES FLY BY! Time goes by much too fast already, so these last two weeks of school we must appreciate and cherish.

 

For me, while this past week consisted of writing a fourteen-page lab report and ten page nursing paper, I managed to turn everything in on time and still have a memorable week/weekend. On Thursday night the girls I live with and myself made a trip to Freddie’s to buy chips and chocolate for a Girls night. We drank some bevies, ate food, and just talked and lounged (and excessively snap chatted friends). Saturday the boys club soccer team played against Oregon and I went to watch to cheer on my best friend! After the soccer game there was a Christmas part at a Assumption Village senior center. Although I could not go for very long, I was able to still go decorate cookies and dance with the residence. The seniors living there are have a lifetime of knowledge; it is fun and gratifying to listen to their stories and the wisdom they pass down. The picture I have below is with Jesse. She only has ten percent of her vision left, but she was still up and dancing and partying with the rest of us.

 

After the Christmas party I went downtown to attend an art gallery opening for a family friend named Betsy Wolfston; her art was absolutely beautiful. If I was not a broke college student I might have even contemplated buying a piece for my Mom, but evidently I am both both broke and in college so purchases like that are still a long way off. Leaving the gallery, my family friends and I went out to dinner at a Peruvian restaurant near Pioneer Square, before I had to come back and get ready for Santa themed party out with friends. The rest of the night was just a mob of enjoyment and fun. We went along Mississippi Street dressed as reindeer and Santa Clauses. After coming back to campus we saw all our friends out and just enjoyed one of our last weekends together (since I am leaving for Australia).

 

Sunday I watched my best friend’s soccer game…shout out to the Club Guy’s soccer team who won the league!! The rest of the day, however, I studied. It is finally that time of year…DEAD WEEK! We need to all just buckle down, and finish the year strong! Work hard play harder that is the motto. Now I have to go study, but I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Later Gatorssss. 

 

    

Thanksgiving!!

 

Hello Everybody!

 

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Thanksgiving break! It is Sunday night and my roommate and I both just drove back today. It was such a beautiful drive back and I was so excited to see all my friends (future duplex girls!!); however, having break was amazing and deeply needed! I will try and catch everyone up on my last week and a half!! 

The Thursday before I left for break it was my roommate Kelsey’s birthday so we all went to get Fire on the Mountain for dinner. If anyone has ever not been to Fire on the Mountain then they have to go; they make the best wings in history!! Following dinner was just more fun and birthday festivities. The girls I live with and I all had papers and exams right before break so we spent most of the day during the weekend studying in Shiley, BUT we went out at night! It is always fun to get dressed up in ridiculously themed outfits and just stroll streets of Portland. On Monday, after an 8:30 Physiology exam, I flew home for Break : )

 

I absolutely loved Thanksgiving break! As soon as I walked through the door of my house I was surprised to hear a little baby crying. It turned out my Aunt and Uncle had come to visit for the holidays bringing with them my two-year-old and six month old cousins. I could honestly right a novel about those two, but essentially they are both just adorable. Spending time with them not only heightened my interest in pediatric nursing, but it just made me feel older and grown up. I have always been coddled and cared so much for by my own aunt, and I realize that now it is my turn to pay it forward to them. Needless to say with both of the babies, my Aunt’s, Uncle, roommate, and own family our Thanksgiving was exciting. The food was delicious thanks to the chef, my Mama. I have never been so stuffed as I was this Thanksgiving, and the best part was we had left overs for three more days!! It is also tradition in my family to go Black Friday shopping so Friday morning bright and early at five o clock we woke up and hit the stores! It took the next two days to recuperate. Over break I was also able to see all my friends from home. It is nice knowing that I can go a while without seeing certain people, but whenever I go home they will always be there like nothing has changed.

 

Like I said my roommate and I drove back to school this morning. It is hard to believe only three more weeks of school and then Christmas break! I attached a few pictures for you guys to see! One is of Kelsey and I on her birthday, and the other is my six-month-old cousin Cody! Anyways I have to get to some homework! Have a great week Portland!

 

          

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About Katie About Katie

Hometown: Spokane, Washington

High School: Gonzaga Prep

Major: Nursing

Favorite thing about UP: As cliché as it might sound, is simply all the great people I have met here!! This campus is not just a school, but a community full of people who want to study, learn, have fun, and make a difference in our world. There are so many opportunities to be apart of something more here at University of Portland.

Fun facts About Me: I love country music, zumba, running, and the show vampire diaries. I never ran cross-country or track in high school but I am running my first marathon this year!! My favorite sport to watch is baseball, and I am distantly related to president McKinley.