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A Change of Pace

7 Papers, 20+ Hours of lecture, and the difficulty of choosing between several classes made my first trip with the Tramping Club perfectly timed. And the fact that the campground we were headed to was called Paradise. Ya, I know its freakin called Paradise!


Philosophy 101’s Mind and Reality was my first class in over two and a half months and did not disappoint the brief description I saw online “How the brain constructs reality” and the interest it provoked. It was also my first class with over 150 individuals. Yes, that is right one-five-zero. It is a fairly large lecture and makes it easy to get lost in a crowd. However, it also makes it difficult to find a group to study with or really know anyone.

English class was similarly sized but having less appealing topics making the decision a bit easier for the paper. Human Body Systems was already in my schedule for sure despite the massive numbers -300+ students in just my classroom and that’s not considering the 2 other classes that were going on at the same time and the other 3 classes in the morning.

Next day and next on the list was Sports Nutrition and that was ok but a bit too rudimentary for my particularly hard science nature. So that was not high up on the list either but still above English Communication. Maori was for sure not happening with a very boring lecturer and particularly unexciting material explored. My decision among the 7 classes was suddenly getting a lot easier.

Finally after taking Improvisation in the Theater with a small group whose names I knew after class, I found another class I definitely wanted to be in. At this point I had my four: Mind and Reality, Human Body Systems, Improvisation, and Sensation and Perception.

Also throughout the week there was a great international dinner and Brewery Tour with dinner provided by IFSA-Butler at the fantastic Speight’s Restaurant next door. The food continued with my first Rugby practice excitingly involving some sausage rolls at the end of a very exciting practice. It was great to learn the game from other athletes who just have such a comprehensive knowledge of the game.


Oh yeah. Sensation and Perception already had a green light being a class that I was going to transfer the credit for. Moreover, it turned out to have a great lecturer with phenomenal slides that are just plain impressive. I mean look at this slide! They are all so similarly flawless.

And at the end of the week it was time for some good old tramping! Check out the photos below.


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