After a very busy day of orientations and registration, I'm officially a student at Lincoln University!
All of the international students registered in the morning between 9 & 12. We confirmed which classes we were taking, got insurance through the University, etc. After lunch we had took a tour of the campus and then started orientation. At 3 we took a break for tea. The international students went back for another orientation session.
There are quite a few activities planned for the week before classes start as well as a big "O-week" celebration all next week. There will be quite a few bands that play as well as a Toga Party! It sounds like it'll be a great week!
I'm looking forward to meeting more people and getting to know them better. I meet quite a few people today, but hardly remember any names. Many of the international students I've met are from the US, but I have also met some from France, Norway, and Germany.
From what I've heard there are about 400 students living in the Halls of Residence and about 4,000 attend Lincoln University. This is quite a change from MU, but I think it'll be a nice change of pace.
Lincoln is a small town with some cute coffee shops, a grocery store, a few churches, and of course the local pub. It's about a 15-20 minute walk away from the University. Hopefully a group of us will make it into Christchurch tomorrow. Christchurch is about a 20 minute bus ride away and is the largest city on the south island.
Will update more later and put some pictures of Sydney up! It was a wonderful weekend, even though it rained every day we were there. The hostel was a lot of fun to stay in and we met quite a few people from other countries. We had roommates from Holland, England, Ireland, and Australia. One person from England told us we had lovely accents and we just laughed and said how we loved theirs. It was a fun experience getting to "chat on" to other people traveling!