Today I am on a plane to Adelaide. I’ll be gone only two nights but it was important that I had some face to face time with the organization Ryan and I will be representing during my first MSW internship. More on the details of the internship on Friday. But today, here are 5 facts about Adelaide.
- Adelaide is the Capital City of South Australia.
- Adelaide is named after Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, a German married to King William IV.
- Adelaide has a population of about 1.3 million people.
- Burger King is called Hungary Jacks in Australia because there was already one small restaurant named Burger King in Adelaide so the franchise had to change their name when expanding to Australia.
- The people in Adelaide petitioned for the Beatles to come to their city during their 1964 Australia tour. They even turned out an impressive crowd of 300,000 people (close to half of Adelaide’s population at that time), which was the biggest crowd of the Beatles entire touring career.
My first semester at UWA is almost in the bag. I have three more assignments to complete and 3 weeks to complete them. I certainly hope to be finished sooner and get a nice break before the craziness of the internship begins. (More on the internship soon but here are three details 1. Ryan is coming with me 2. We’re working with Rural and Remote Mental Health 3. We’re going on a road trip) Being a student isn’t my only responsibility in Australia but it is definitely one of my most consuming tasks.
Studying, writing papers and working through case studies may not always be enjoyable but I see how this work can help prepare me for the future and that’s good motivation. Finding pretty places to do my work is also good motivation. While it isn’t always warm enough to study outside, there are some nice places. Two of my current favorites are the Perth Library (with an amazing balcony with beautiful views) and a coffee shop just down the street (a pot of tea and just enough city noise to keep me focused).
Please pray for me to stay focused and use my time wisely. I’m looking forward to having semester 1 of 4 complete!
It’s the end of the semester and our final official day of class, so today was the last UWA Bible study I will be attending for awhile. This Bible study met every Tuesday and started working through 1 Peter. Cultural Note: Australian’s say One Peter and Two Peter. This has taken some getting use to for me but everyone still understands when I say 1st Peter or 2nd Peter.
I loved connecting once a week with a different group of students, especially since they are mainly undergrad and in a different university world. It was nice to have a break in between the craziness of classes to pray, read the Bible and have some fellowship time together. I hope my schedule next semester also allows for another Bible study time and this group could potentially stay together. I’m thankful for the opportunity and the privilege that it is to meet with other Christians on a regular basis at a public university.
What I’m learning at the University isn’t just about getting it right for a test or writing the most amazing academic paper. For me, it’s about engaging with the material in a way that will be beneficial and influential both now and in the future.
It’s the end of the semester and one project is almost completed (just a final presentation on Monday). The simplified version of what we needed to do was make a map of an area highlighting the assets in that community. The focus was about changing the way we view a community from what it is lacking, to what it has to offer. Since we compiled ours on Google Maps, you can view the project here: East Perth Asset Map.I’m sharing this because I thought some of you might appreciate this virtual tour of our area. We have been living in East Perth for about 4 months and this project changed the way I view this community. It allowed me to see below the surface and look at different assets through the lens of different people. The asset based approach view has limitations because you can miss some of the larger problems or holes if you only focus on the positives but even with that in mind, assets are a wonderful way to approach any community. Being able to see what people have to offer and the potentials are a beautiful way to start a bigger conversation about growth and development.
In the future I hope to use what I’ve learned to make an asset map for the Wheatbelt and the rural communities where we would love to be working in the future. It will take time but seeing the assets in these places and having conversations around growing the good things that are already present in these communities has the potential of being a bridge to the hope that so many are desperately seeking.
E-mailed on Monday and snail-mailed this past weekend (thanks to my mother and Ryan’s mother), many of you should have already seen our April Newsletter. But for those of you who are better at Facebook than email or simply follow along on the blog, here is our latest news, a summary of the last few months here in Perth, which you can also find on the ‘About’ page of our website.We love being able to keep in touch with you. And if you’re on our mailing list, you should have received a large post card from us a couple months ago with a picture of the city of Perth. If you didn’t get that update, we probably don’t have your mailing address correct. Could you please take a moment to help us update our records? Please also let us know if you want to be added to our email/mailing list. Send me a message at email@example.com and I’ll get you set up.
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Tucked into the corner of the library’s second floor is the the Postgraduate Study Area. It is silent, still and makes me feel guilty if I sneeze. In the Postgraduate Study Area all you hear is typing and the clicking of computer mice. In the Postgraduate Study Area the sound of squeaking chairs is deafening. I sit, work and pause to wonder what everyone around me is studying. I see computer screens covered in complicated codes, thick books and hunched shoulders. In the Postgraduate Study Area individual learning is at its peek. This is one aspect of University life that I probably should get used to.