Student life in Melbourne

Exchange semester in Victoria University, Melbourne

Trip to Phillip Island

Hello!

Today I write late night post about the trip to Phillip Island that took place yesterday.

However, first quick review about how things are here! Semester is coming to an end. I have basically University left only this week, after that I do not have any deadlines left or exams. My grades has been good so far and upcoming days will be full of essay writing. After that is time to ‘rest’ and start to plan more future trips.

From these kind of trips I already have been at Grampians and yesterday was time to go Phillip Island, which is app. 2 hours away from Melbourne. First we walk in the nature about 10 kilometers, witnessing beautiful nature and some wildlife. After that we went to another place, which had amazing views. The last thing of the trip was going to Penguin Parade and witness how Little Penguins came out of the sea back to their nests. There we were not allowed to take any pictures that we would not disturb penguins.

I highly recommend to do one day visit there if you are coming to Melbourne and want to enjoy beautiful Australian nature!

Until the next time


Camping trip to King Valley

Good afternoon everyone from Melbourne!

Todays topic is the camping trip to King Valley, which was part of the unit Introduction to Adventure in Sport and Active Recreation

It took place from Friday morning to Monday evening. The first day was basicly just settling down and get to know the place we came. It was about 2 hour bus ride to King Valley, where we were staying on the land of local farmer. During the camp we stayed in two person tents.

The interesting part of the first day was when we were collecting fire wood from the near bushes and from the side of the road, I saw a big black snake, which was a couple meters away from me. Later on I googled and guessed that the specie of the snake could be Lowland copperhead.

At Saturday the ‘real fun’ began. Earlier on we were divided into two groups – my group started with abceiling and the other group with white water rafting, and then we would change the activies for the next day.

The day was really sunny and perfect for doing abceiling. I have never done it before, so it was new and exciting thing for me. I had done before once bouldering and a couple time wall climbing, but I could not say that I am really expert on that or have any knowledge how to really do it.

The day consist of two different abceiling case and one rock climbing. The first abceiling was app. 10m height and the second one app. 30m. The rock climbing part was after the first one, when we climbed back up to the rock cliff. The day was full of adrealine, I’m a little bit afraid of heights (falling), so it was really about challenging myself and face my fears and come out as a winner and after all I also did well job.

At Sunday it was time for white water rafting. The other group did not do it yesterday, because of the water level was too low in the river we were suppose to go first. So, the plans changed and we all went to another river called Buffalo River as a big group. The day was not good as yesterday, it was raining all day long, but it did not matter, because we would get anyway and it would be too hot in wet suits and life jackets if it would be hot weather. Unfornately, of the weather and the river I could not take mobile phone with me and take pictures of this. I recommend that you google White Water Rafting if you are not familiar with the subject, so you know what is it all about and what it looks like!

White water rafting last much longer than abceiling, we were almost 4 hours in the river going with the river and rapids. We were all the time active by paddling and trying to keep our balance in the raft. Abceiling in the other hand was just a couple minute performance. These rafts that we used were operated by one person! So, they were not the big rafts were is 6-8 persons, but this was much more challenging and funnier! You really were control of the raft, there were no one else to help you going down the rapids. Among the rafts, there were two bigger and longer rafts, which were little more trickier to control and go down through the rapids and rocks. (Luckily) Unfortunately, I was offered (forced) to go down with the other one. It was faster and much more unstable, so the in the rapids I had to be really focused and try to go right route that I would not get stucked to the rocks and fall down. Even the rapids seemed to be quite dangerous, no one got hurt even they fell off the rafts down to the stream. In the beginning, mine raft also went upside down, because the person in front of me got stuck in the rock and blocked the whole route and I hit him and the raft went upside down. I hold my grip of the paddle and also got grip from my raft and walked against the stream to the shore. The depth of water was about my waist in that point and the stream was neither that strong (altough it was quite strong).

In the last day, we packed the camp and had reflect sessions and headed back to Melbourne. I had a lot of fun, new experiences and friends. This was biggest part of the outdoor unit, which was compulsory to complete. The camping part was not that hard, if you have done the army, this felt like a holiday. Although, many of Australians were little bit uncomfortable when you can not flush the toilet and you have to sleep in sleeping bag and in tent.

Here is a couple pictures from the trip

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask and as always have a nice day!


Australian Unigames

Good evening everyone!

Todays topic is Unigames, which were held 24-29.9 at Gold Coast. Like I have mentioned earlier, I was part of the Victoria University’s Football team.

During the tournament we stayed in the hotel called Rhapsody Resort. Our team had 14 players (plus two didn’t come). The Unigames was unique and amazing experience, and I am so glad that I spend my mid-semester break in that. Although, it was very rough week. Apparently (luckily) the habit and spirit of the Unigames is having fun and enjoying time together, which means partying, having a lot of alcohol and not having much of sleep. This factor combined to extremely hot weather around +25-32 and playing football is not very beneficial equation of sport point of view.

Overall, I think that we were 9th or 10th of 20 teams, which was quite OK.  Our team also secured first division place for next year Unigames. The system is going to change for upcoming games and for that the main target was to gain position in highest division. I also hurted a little bit my ankle already at the first day, which slowed me a little bit on the field, combined with tiny hangover but no worries! By the way, that game that secured our first division game we won it 1-0 and I made the goal! Perhaps, the first Finnish goal scorer for Victoria University? At least in these Unigames, I was the only exchange student of Victoria University to represent them.

As a conclusion, I had a lot of new experiences, stories and friends that I will remember long after my exchange journey and as a concrete memory I have my representative clothes and game shirt! Also, this was my first trip here in Australia to other actual city than Melbourne.

If you are interested and want to see and read more material from the Unigames, here is some links:

VU Sport Instagram

VU Sport Facebook

Australian Unigames

Unigames Instagram

 


Trip to Grampians

 

 

Hellou!

I have been here over two months, huh time flies! Although it feels like forever when I have been last time in Finland back at home

Everything is going great here as usually. University assignments have also went really well, if you get good grades back at Finland, you will do fine here!

Todays main topic is Grampians! Last weekend I was in a day trip with my German friends in Grampians National Park

It is located about 2-3 hours away from Melbourne. We went there by New to Melbourne who organized the trip. There were amazing views and there could spend more time by hiking or like how they call it here ‘bush walking’.

Below are some pictures from the trip

Also, next weekend I’m flying to Gold Coast where are the Unigames held! From that event I’m going to write own post and of course take some pictures from there!

Have nice a day, and see you soon!

 

 

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Question from the reader – Material from the Parties

 

Good evening, my dear readers!

Time has flied here as I thought before leaving Finland. Semester is almost halfway through! Can’t believe it!

All the Uni stuff have went really well. I have got excellent grades in every test or online quiz.

 

The question from the reader: I would like to see some material from parties. Any chance?

So, the topic for today is the ‘party culture’ that I have experienced so far and of course as asked some material.

Overall, the largest difference between JAMK/Finnish student parties and the parties in here Australia is that student unions don’t play such as huge role. Here student unions don’t held parties in bar or other facilities. VUSU (Victoria University Student Union) keeps now and then some events, but they are not so popular as in Finland.

Which means that we ‘party’ with our friends and there isn’t so much role with University connecting people. Usually we keep parties/pres in UniLodge where I live and most of my good friends live. There isn’t any bar for students in Footscray suburb, which kind of suprise me, because here live so many students and I would guess that there would be some kind of market segment for that. Anyway, we order Uber and head up to the city.

Drinking games in here are also similar to Finland. Everyone know how to play beerbong. Card games has small varieties with the rules, but that is of course expexted. The new thing has been the so far the board game, which my German neighbours made. The idea there is simple, just roll the dice and do the tasks. In the middle is the Kings Cup, which is familiar from the card games.

If you have any questions or ideas, don’t hesitate to comment!

Until the next time

 

 

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Update 1.0

 

Hey guys!

 

I haven’t updating much new stuff here, but now I had time to do so.

Life is great here! Everyday learning and seeing something new.

From the sport aspect I am going in the mid-semester break to the Gold Coast and participate the Unigames with Victoria University (sport is football ofc). Also, with others exchange students, we have this kind of mixed team in Futsal league. It costs 70AUD to play each week a game there, so normally there are seven of us playing there and the cost is that how 10AUD per each. Beside team sports, I also joined the Universitys gym. In my opinion its good gym, also you get access to the swimming pool and group exercise if u wish so. This package, which is compulsory (you cannot leave anything out to get any cheaper) is 57AUD per month. In Melbourne that is quite OK price to pay and it takes 5 minutes go there from where I live.

 

I would love really much, if you would suggest me some topic from what I should write about!

So, comment anonymously below this post what you would like to hear about!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 


Footy

 

Hey guys!

Everything is good here in the Down Under! Weekly routine is starting to rollin’ and everything has become more familiar.

The hullabaloo what was in the first weeks has settled more down and people are getting more focused on university stuff. The first impression is that university studies here seems to be more ‘easy’ than in Finland. The truth will be find out later on, but this is the first impression. That is not bad thing, otherwise I could not do anything else than study. I am sure that from those units what I took, I will learn a lot of useful things for my future career.

We also went during last week to the AFL game, Western Bulldogs against Essendon. The sport is Aussie Rules Football, more familiar word in here for that sport is footy/footie. It was nice experience, although the atmosphere in the Etihad Stadium was suprisingly low. There were no fan songs etc.

Also, I am slowly starting to be healthy again after the flu. Football situation is a little bit open yet. I went yesterday to the University football trials. The level of the game was not high, but mine level wasn’t either. I haven’t done almost any sports in the past month and because of the flu my fitness is in bad shape. However, if and hopefully when I pass the try-outs, there is ‘heavy’ expenses to join the team. The highlight of the university football would be the Unigames, which are held in mid-semester break at the Gold Cost, Queensland

 

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On Your Own

 

Hellou!

 

Today I don’t have fancy pictures, but I update you ladies and gentlemen, my dearest readers, about the life here in Down Under. First of all, the University has been very quiet about everything. Without your own curiosity you would be so lost. University has only kept us one orientation day, which last couple hours and basicly there wasn’t so much new or useful information. I found yesterday when I looked more carefully my VUCollaborate that I have to do couple assignments before the unit starts at 4th of August. Thank god, I found it early enough, because if I would haven’t digged deeper, I would have not maked to the unit.

Overall, life is quiet chill here at least for now. I am still a little bit ill, so I haven’t done any sports yet. However, I will look if it would be possible to play football (soccaaah) somewhere here. At least I will buy the gym card for the Universitys gym.

I still haven’t met other Finnish or even Scandinavian people here, which is kind of a good thing. I have to use my English language, which is really great thing. Also, I try to improve my German basics, because here is a lot of Germans. So, hopefully after the exchange semester I will be better not in one, but in two languages!

Cheers!

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My Units for the Semester

 

Today I am going to introduce you what units I took for my exchange semester.

I chose four (4) units, which equates 30 ECTS in JAMK. Every unit is worth of 7.5 ECTS. In JAMK we mainly have unit sizes of 3,4 or 5 ECTS, so it’s interesting to see, do these units require more work and effort than normal unit in Finland. Here was no special units for exchange students, so it’s required to speak fluent English that you can succeed in this University.

Here is my unit selection, tap the name of the unit if you want to read more (description, details, learning outcomes and assessments)

 INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURE IN SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION

 ETHICS IN SPORT MANAGEMENT AND ACTIVE RECREATION

 GLOBAL STUDIES IN FOOTBALL

 SPORT SPONSORSHIPS AND PARTNERSHIPS

I have no idea what kind of units they are, except what the description tells about them. Studies related to Sports seems to be quite popular here, but the study selection is so wide, that it’s almost impossible to find someone who has these units in this semester or done them before. The only option was to take something that sounded interesting and what I can’t study in Finland. As you can see I did not choose any overall business units, my selection is fully focused on sport.

I will write here later how units differs from Finland standards. Are they ‘more difficult’ here in the 2% of best universities of the world? Is it so hard to study when everything is in English?

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Waiting for the Next Week

Hey guys!

Everything is great here! Weather is not so sunny and warm that you may expect, but it’s not that bad! At least it should be getting warmer all the time..

Days have been mainly past by hanging with our roommates, visiting the centre of Melbourne and drinking etc.

In the weekend most of the exchange students are going to an orientation trip. I didn’t book that because it seemed quite expensive for two days trip and I have plenty of time to travel after my semester ends. So, the weekend is maybe going to be peaceful for me and I try to recover from the flue that I have at the moment.

The semester is going to officially start next Monday, before that I am going to make a post about the units that I took!

And here is of course some pics from here! Somehow I have already used 10% of the picture capacity,  so later on I have to delete some earlier pictures.

Cheers!

 

 

 

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