- Nick Ramsey is an Ohio University Lancaster Middle Childhood Education major who is studying abroad this fall by student teaching in Perth, Australia. He is writing a bi-weekly blog for the OUL website. He is the first Ohio University regional campus student to be selected for the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching or COST. Click here to read more on Nick's story.
G'day Mates! Two months down and a little over one month left. It has been flying by! The weather is turning here as it gets into the heart of spring, it is absolutely beautiful. I still have not made it out the beaches yet but our plan is to make it there Sunday afternoon. It has been a pretty slow last couple weeks because we have been on school break but there is still so much to do around town.
My roommates actually made a trip to the east coast for about a week, it was a bit too expensive for me, but they had an amazing time. I held the house down for a while, getting out and about to different places around the city. One of the teachers I work with invited me to the zoo with him and his two small children and we had an absolute blast! The kids were so much fun and were really excited to show me all of the Australian animals that I have never seen before. The Australian bush walk was by far my favorite part; the kangaroos are free to roam around the area as you walk through. You could get so close to them, one hopped up right up next to us and we were able to pet it. They are extraordinary animals. After the zoo, we took the worn out children back to his house for afternoon tea and a nap as we watched an American football game over a few beers. I felt as if I were right at home!
My host family decided to make a trip to the casino on Wednesday afternoon so I tagged along with them and tried my luck. Of course I did not win anything but a lady that we went with won a couple hundred of dollars and bought us lunch! The food was really good, so at least I had that going for me. Other than that it has been a very quiet two weeks. I have an insane amount of school work to get caught up on. I have been procrastinating on most of it; it is very easy to get distracted here. I took a quick lunch break one day after doing homework all morning but end up getting lost trying to find the nearest subway and spent about three hours walking around. That happens to me quite often, I had no clue I was so directionally challenged. We get a new roommate this week, another girl so I am still the only boy in the house. But it is going to be so much fun; we have a ton of activities planned out over the next couple of weeks. I have made a few friends here in Perth, as people are really keen when they meet Americans. Once someone hears the accent, it opens doors for conversation. I have a good guy friend that I meet up for a few drinks at least once a week; it has been a really good time. So far this has been a very rewarding trip so if you are on the border and thinking of studying abroad; go for it! As my high school students would say "You only live once, YOLO!!" Talk to you guys later, cheers!