Author: aweiss45

Back in the States

It’s been over a week since I returned from Australia and I am just about recovered from the jet lag, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to reflect on my stay...

Finals: A Three-Week Marathon

Exams are officially over here in Melbourne after a laborious three-week period. Unfortunately there is no finals week, but nevertheless it is over and done. As expected the exam format was slightly different from...

Weekend in Sydney

  Last weekend a few friends and I took a short flight up to Sydney from Melbourne for four days. We decided to go cheap, booking inconvenient flights, rooming in crowded hostels and for...

Hidden Bars in Melbourne

Throughout my time here in Melbourne I had constantly heard about special establishments known as “hidden bars”. This was an entirely new concept for me as I have not been to many cities. A...

Australian Football Game

Recently I attended my first Australian football or ‘footy’ game at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. Footy is unlike any sport I have ever seen before. The game is played on a large oval with...

Melbourne’s Public Transportation

During my time in Melbourne I have been exposed to the many forms of public transportation the city has to offer. There is the vast tram network, the largest in the world, the railway...

Spring Break in Bali

My friend and I cycling down an alley on the island. Though Australia is extremely far away from College Park, it has the advantage of being situated near some of the most exotic locations...

University of Melbourne’s Class Culture

It is officially midterm season in Melbourne as we approach the Easter break. At this point I have developed a basic understanding of Australian university and their teaching practices. For one, there’s a huge...

First Weeks of School in Melbourne

Week 3 in Australia and I am still alive. My first few weeks have been successful here in Melbourne and they couldn’t be better. Classes started up a few weeks ago and the routine...

Departure for Australia

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Austin Weiss I am a sophomore accounting major within the Smith school. Growing up I had always dreamed of going to Australia....