It is almost December now and it starts snowing in Germany. Christmas is right around the corner. How could time go by so fast? We have been on Campus for 11 weeks now and even though it feels like home, time has gone by far too quickly. In three weeks our time here at the ICMS College has come to an end and everyone will go his or her own way. This is also a bit sad because we all met great people from so many countries. However, we established friendships and try to maintain them. Some of us are planning on travelling through Australia while others cannot wait to come home to their friends and families and celebrate Christmas there. It is a weird feeling to see Christmas trees next to Palm trees in the city centre of Sydney and Manly, but to be honest – we could get used to this.
The weather in the last couple of weeks was fantastic and we were able to relax at the beach after class and enjoy barbecues while watching the sunset. Many of us went to Cairns, Melbourne, Perth or the Goldcoast to see more of Australia.
The ICMS arranged during our stay many events and partys with themes such as „German Oktoberfest“, „Beauty and the Geek“ or Halloween.
Moreover, the Student Representative Council has organised a lot of exciting activities to take part in. For example a wine tasting tour in the Hunter Valley to experience the wine culture of Australia. Another traditional activity is the futsal cup every Monday, where different teams play against each other. The final in week 11 is one of the biggest highlights. By the way, the german team is called: Inglourious Beerstars. In short: Being here never gets boring because there is always something going on.
However, since we are also here to learn and to study, we want to tell you a little bit about the way of studying in Australia. We have four classes: Cross Cultural Management, Business Economics, Business Research Project and Marketing. To make sure, that we understand everything that was taught in the lectures, we had tutorials the day after where we deepened our new knowledge. Besides, during the term we steadily had to take tests. Also we had to hand in assignments for each subject. Due to this, many sundays and nights were spent in the computer room. However, this sounds worse than it actually was. Since we all had to do the same assignments and all felt the same way, a feeling of togetherness has been established. We helped each other out and motivated ourselves. In two weeks we have final exams coming up and after that we will leave this wonderful place.
By Ira Hendricks, Nina Funke & Rebecca Göckel