OzTREKK Orientation 2016 has officially started!
OzTREKK Orientations are in place to make sure that you are well prepared, organized and ready to tackle your studies and get the most of your time in Australia and overseas. This year, OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman is in Oz to welcome our students to the land Down Under, and she has offered to send in regular blogs to relay her Adventures in Australia! Shall we get started?
Well, at least for myself and Andrew (a new OzTREKK / UQ Medical School student whom I met while in line at “Luggage Services” of the lovely BNE), it has started. That’s precisely the counter you hope you never need to visit; however, I am hopeful that my luggage may beat me to my accommodations in the Gold Coast. Thank you, Virgin, for bringing them to me for Qantas.
You know those moments when you have a very conscious awareness of what will come? Well, that happened in YYZ (Toronto for those not fluent in airport code) as I was running through the airport trying to catch the flight to LA. My thought was “Sheesh, it will be really incredible if my luggage moves as quickly as I am right now.”
After waiting in new—and incredibly odd—electronic customs checking system in Toronto with Andrew and a few others from the problemed Ottawa flight, I started to have a sneaking suspicion that he might be a new UQ Medical School OzTREKKer, and that was confirmed with our official introduction whilst we waited, sans luggage.
Andrew was as cool as a cucumber. Figuratively—not literally. Both of us were (are!) dressed in clothing appropriate for the -10 degree weather that we left behind in Ottawa. It will be an attitude that I know will serve him well in the coming four years of study.
There are going to be little hiccups along the way, but as long as our incoming students can shake it off (a very intended nod to Ms. Swift, ‘Swifty’ in the office), they will get to really enjoy the incredibly opportunity in front of them. And it is one world-class opportunity.
Anyway, a lovely day will greet anyone landing in Brisbane or the Gold Coast today. It’s about 33 and sunny although as I write this from an incredibly air-conditioned train, I’m a little appreciative of the long black pants I’m donning.
Stepping outside will be a whole other thing, I know.
Looking forward to meeting the incoming Griffith MD students tomorrow (today!) AM! Oh, where I’ve been told it’s going to be quite cold. You know, like 23.
New attitude, new definition of ‘cold’. Enjoy every sec 🙂
Jaime (the lucky one representin’ the office today!)
Why attend an OzTREKK Orientation?
You would be amazed at how many students arrive in Australia, move in to their accommodations, and rarely leave their rooms. Why? Because they don’t know anyone.
Well, don’t worry. As part of the OzTREKK Orientations, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner—a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.
We wish all OzTREKK students the very best! We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet you!