Oh La Trobe!

Dilemma one of my first day: WHAT TO WEAR? I may sound shallow, but I am a firm believer in the first impression, nobody wants to look like a try-hard, but I didn’t want to look like I had just rolled out of bed and chucked on a pair of Crocs (something I did witness on my first day, believe it or not, Betty Boop pajama pants and all) either. Once I had my wardrobe problem solved, I was then faced with my next predicament: WHAT TIME DO I ARRIVE? The last thing I wanted to do was run late just because I couldn’t navigate the Lost On Campus app, but then again I didn’t want to be wondering around aimlessly spending money on food just so I look busy, either. I eventually arrived one hour early (too early, which of course resorted in hunger-less eating) but thankfully ran into a friend from work.

I’m doing a Bachelor of Journalism, but my very first lecture was for Australian Politics, a topic of which I know next-to-nothing about, but decided to take on the recommendation of my Journalism Lecturer (“We highly recommend you take this elective…it is assumed you all know about this”) and the fact that I knew somebody who was taking the class, made my decision a little easier.

Walking into the lecture theatre for the first time was a scary experience, although I’m not sure why, I mean, it’s just a room right? Maybe it had something to do with the fact that majority of the students had arrived ten minutes early and were already seated and talking in hushed tones, and the fact the door slammed behind me, drawing everyone in the room’s attention to me… or maybe it was all in my head. I found a spot at the back by myself, feeling pathetic, wishing somebody would come over and talk to me although not wanting to do something about it by starting a conversation myself (yes I know I’m a hypocrite, but come on, I can’t be the only person that has not wanted to risk rejection or be thought of as ‘that annoying chick who always tries to talk to us, …right?). Luckily, before I did something stupid like taking the plunge and initiating a conversation, my friend came in.

The lecture started soon after, beginning with the usual “Has everyone logged onto LMS?” and then delved into the content of the class where I soon realized that I was way in-over-my head. People were putting their hands up answering questions left, right and center. How the hell did they know who the secretary-treasurer of China was?!

After that, I then had a THREE HOUR GAP. I had no work to do, no laptop, no friends, and no idea where or what I could do to not be bored out of my brain (it was times like that I really wished I had my license and a car!). So, can you guess what I did? Yep, MORE FOOD (If I keep this up, by the end of the semester I will be as big as a house!) The Agora was unbelievably crowded and I felt so out-of-place, like it was obvious to everyone there that I was a first year student on my first day. I would highly recommend the area outside the Student Hub. Although it’s still busy, it’s quieter and you are more likely to find a seat. So for THREE HOURS, I read the newspaper, played on my phone and ate (gosh I sound really pathetic, I need to make some friends and fast).

FINALLY, 4 o’clock rolled round and it was time for another two-hour lecture followed by a one hour tut. It dragged on forever! Seriously though, am I the only one who after an almost 4 month break between finishing high school and starting Uni is finding it hard to adjust to the early mornings and the sitting still for long periods of time in class??

Anyway, that is my pathetic excuse for a first day in a nutshell…day two, COME AT ME!

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