The volleyball tournament on Saturday the 14th was incredible: there was free food, everyone was surrounded by great friends, and our team even managed to win a few games. We began the party before 10 am, and it went on until a little after midnight. It’s always guaranteed to be a good time when the apartment complex is packed full of uni students!
Sunday was obviously a major recovery day for us all. During the week, we went to a few different beaches – about every single day. The weather here has been absolutely amazing, considering the few weeks of gray, rainy skies we had. I’m loving every minute I get to spend relaxing on the soft sand, soaking up the sun, and playing in the waves.
Aside from beach time, we hung out around Varsity, watched some movies, and made some plans for the upcoming (and final) month. I seriously cannot believe how fast my time here has passed.
On Thursday night, we had a casual little thumper party at Varsity – thumper is a game we have played together since we arrived, and has become the nickname for our group of friends. Friday was similar, but Saturday was a little more fun; we all got a maxi taxi and went out for a night of dancing and socializing on Ocean Street.
Last night, some of thumper spent a few hours at a quiet, unoccupied beach near a lighthouse in Kawana. We made a large and cozy circle with our blankets, stared at the full moon over the open water, and sung along with Davide’s guitar playing. It was a great night, and I think the rest of the week will be, too!
Tomorrow there is going to be an “around the world” themed pool party that will be a blast – I’m sure there will be a big crowd, so socializing with occupy most of our day. On Saturday, a bunch of us are going to the Big Pineapple Festival, and even though we aren’t familiar with most of the artists in the lineup, we’re really excited about it.
As graduation and summer lies ahead at home, I’ll be sending out my best wishes and positive thoughts to the grads, especially best friends/little sisters Leah and Makenzie. Hoping everyone has safe travels and gets to enjoy all the time you have together.
To the grads – there is a good chance you’re feeling hopeless and unsure where to go, what to do – my advice is to listen to yourself and have no worries. I’m sure there’s some crazy, seemingly impossible things in the back of your mind that you’ve always wanted to do. A place you want to see, a skill you want to perfect, or a club/hobby you want to participate in. I recommend you do that – whatever it is – or at least begin to take the steps necessary to get there. If you aren’t ready to decide on a career path, college can wait! I know it’s standard in our society to get your degree immediately following high school graduation, but honestly, the standards don’t matter! If I could go back to my graduation, I would hands-down take a gap year to job shadow, work and learn to save money, travel, and focus on myself. I’ve learned so much about who I am in my 5 short months in Australia, and I wish I could have done it sooner.
If you are decided on heading to a University, good for you! Work hard and keep yourself motivated, but please, take time at some point to focus on you. Life isn’t going to wait around – don’t let it pass you by while you put off the things you really want to accomplish in life. Do anything and everything you want to do. Make things happen while you’re young and independent.
-Congrats to the Class of 2016, especially MPCG, and best of luck to you all in your future!!