By Alice Lu
When I told me friend I actually only knew one Aussie my age, he freaked out. He couldn’t understand it! So this is what I told him:
“The reason why I haven’t met many other Aussies my age is because they all live at home with their parents. They commute to their universities and then go back home at the end of the day. Some don’t even go to university, they go straight to work or they begin their year long backpacking adventure around the world. They also don’t live in the city where I do, they’ll be in the suburbs. I am never in the suburbs unless I’m at work.” I see the most Australian students in the morning and after work when private school students in primary, secondary, or high school are boarding the train. Or when they are coming home on the train from after school sports practice. I think it works better if the state does not provide public school buses when public transportation is so convenient.
Surprisingly I’ve met more Kiwis (New Zealanders) and Europeans than Australians. It’s because so many Europeans travel after or during university before they decide to settle down in the real world. They all come down to Australia because of the similar language and the appeal of this magnificent country. Most of coworkers are not Australian, in fact two of them are Kiwis, two of them are from India, one from Nepal, and two from England, one being the supply chain director himself. Only three of them are actual Aussies.
I think I’ve met more non-Australians than Aussies and that’s because Australia is a big melting pot of ethnicities, just like America! When I went to Cairns I stayed in a hostel where I met more Germans than I did Aussies. It really makes me wish that all parents in America could raise their children up with the thinking that life is short and one should take full advantage of it by seeing and learning from it as much of it as possible. The number of backpackers and high school graduates who are able to find employment in Sydney without prior work experience was something that surprised me. We’re all used to the competitive nature to find employment in the USA but here in Sydney, people can work for a company and after a couple of years move up the ranks. If only it were this easy in the states.
It’s bittersweet, more bitter than sweet but this is my last weekend in Sydney and I just can’t believe how fast time flies. I can’t wait for what’s in store this weekend when I fly to Melbourne with Jenna and then enter my last week at work. Cheers!