Student life in Melbourne

Exchange semester in Victoria University, Melbourne

Monthly Archives: October 2017

Semester is finished



This week University ended from my part! Wuhuu! Nah, actually it was not that bad.

Although, my studies started already in July, it feels that time has gone really fast. Luckily, I still have almost two months time to explore Australia and gain new unforgettable memories. I passed all my units with good grades, which will be published later on.

What now? I have the accommodation deal with Unilodge until 1 of December, which means that this can be my base until that day. Before that I am going to travel different cities and parts of Australia. Melbourne is amazing city, but it is just one urban side of this country and do not give the whole picture. This weekend I am going to do trip to Wilsons Promontory National Park with my friends, same kind of like early ones to Grampians and Philipp Islands. These are unique and beautiful landscapes, which are great destinations to do for example one day trip.

We have already booked flight to Perth 10.-17.11 with six of my friends. We are going to stay couple days in Perth and then we will explore the east coast with rented van. I will post about this trip later on when we have returned Melbourne.

Beside trip to Perth, I do not have yet any concrete plans. Just going to go with the flow what ever comes to mind. Perhaps in December, I am going to travel from Melbourne towards North, visiting Canberra and going all the way to Sydney. I am also keen on going to Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia, but we will see.

I have also started to plan and organize things in Finland. I got my internship in Finnish Olympic Committee, which means that I am going to move to Helsinki right away when I arrive to Finland. This means that I have started to search for an apartment, which is painful process from the other side of the world. During the winter I have to also start to plan slowly how I do my thesis (Internship, Thesis and couple courses concerning it are the only things I have left of my studies).

For summary the time here has been a blast and it will still continue for a long time! I will post later on more about what I felt about the studies in here and plenty of more stuff.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask, there has not been too many questions so far!



Trip to Phillip Island


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