Winter in Dunedin
I’ve been here for about a month now and it’s going really well. I got pretty sick for a few weeks but I’m feeling much better as of recently. I really love all my classes. I’m taking 2 religion classes (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as one called Science, Religion and Knowledge), an English Lit class called Controversial Classics, and another class called Gender and the Media. Since it’s my fourth year, I’ve pretty much finished up my major and I’m just taking classes for fun. I think my favorite is the lit class. It’s the first english class I’ve taken in college and we’re reading some really great books. Right now we’re reading Oscar Wilde, but we just finished a unit on Alan Duff’s controversial portrayal of Maori in his book Once Were Warriors. Learning about Maori culture and history has been one of the most interesting parts of living here so far. I thought it would comparable to Native Americans in the U.S. (and it is in some ways) but in a lot of ways it’s not. It’s a pretty complicated situation that I’m actively trying to learn more about.
On a different note, adventuring here has been incredible. I know it sounds like I’m pandering but I’m honestly so happy I came to NZ through IFSA. We’re doing so many cool things I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. But the University of Otago is so wonderful I wouldn’t even be the slightest upset if I never left campus. Flatting is really fun (but cold) and I’ve made a lot of really wonderful friends. I’m going to Christchurch next weekend to see my good friend who’s studying there, and then we’re off to FIJI!!! I’m still kind of in denial about that last part, it sounds a little too good to be true.
All in all- I love it here. I’m learning so much and having an incredible time. I’ll post about Fiji when I return!