By: James Lamb
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Home Uni: University of New South Wales
Q: What has been the most American thing you’ve done since coming?
A: I think probably tailgating and going to a football game. Like, tailgating at a fraternity and then going to a football game is both really fun and really American, and you feel really like you’re getting into American college life. But also going to a pumpkin patch was really [great], ‘cause we don’t have those in Australia. Also Halloween, ‘cause it’s really chilled out at home. Any excuse to party, [Australians will] take, but they don’t take it as seriously, but here everyone was really excited about it. Girls were coming into my room like “Have candy, what are you wearing, let’s all do our stuff together,” like costuming and make up and all that. So it really brought a lot of people together and [made for] a really good whole weekend. It was like a holiday.
Q: What is a typical day like back home? What are some of the main differences to here?
A: Well, I don’t live at college at home, so that’s definitely different. I will drive 40 minutes to an hour through the main part of the city through lots of traffic to get to university, and a lot of people at university do that, so that’s definitely a key difference. Class sizes are massive at home, and they’re really small here. You sort of chill out more on campus at home than here, probably ‘cause you all travel so far, we’ll catch up and go to the library together more, [whereas] here you’ll just come back to your accommodation. [As for] night-time stuff, there’s a bar at uni which we go to a lot, but ‘cause you’re in the city at home, you can go out to a lot of different places, but here there’s only like three or four places that you can go on one street.
Q: What do you miss about home?
A: The warm. And sometimes the people. [In America,] often people think I’m rude when I’m sarcastic, or they don’t find things as funny as I find them when I know people at home would find them really funny. So there is definitely that, [and the fact that] people are way more chilled out than compared to here. Especially when you meet other Australians, you forget how similar you are. And the water, I miss the water. I live at the beach [in Australia], but there is literally no water here.