Sacramento is the capital of California and to be honest, I had never heard of it before being accepted into California State University. I came here with no expectations or ideas about what it would be like, and I have been having the time of my life.
I really enjoy living on campus in the university housing. Not only does it mean that I can sleep in a little bit more before class but there are always people around. It has been a beneficial way to meet other students, both international and American. The campus itself is a sprawled over a large area and has a football field, baseball field, swimming pool, gym, basketball courts, various places to eat and many grass areas. The city is known for its flora so it’s been nice to see the college become more colourful and dynamic as spring settles in.
Since being at college, I have joined a sorority. At first I was reluctant, but looking back now I’m so grateful I changed my mind. Becoming apart of Phi Sigma Sigma has definitely enriched my time on exchange. I have made some incredible friendships with girls that I feel will last even after I leave, including other Australians. It has also given me an insight into the ‘true American college experience’ where I have been able to learn what being in a sorority is all about, and yes, there is more to it than the parties! We have been serenaded by the fraternity boys, participated in fundraising events for charity, learnt about the values and history of the sorority and played sport for college Greek Week. It is warming to be apart of a close-knit community and I know I will miss it “furr shure” (as they would say)!
Living in California, there is so much to see and do. Along with a few friends from home, I have taken various weekend trips to the LA, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Yosemite. We are so lucky to be living in a city that is so close to diverse Californian destinations. At the end of the semester, we are planning to do more travel around the country before returning home including San Diego, Austin, New Orleans, New York and Boston. We also spent spring break in Cancun Mexico, which was an experience of its own.
Studying abroad is one of the best things I have ever done. There isn’t a day where I don’t learn something, meet someone new or have some sort of cultural experience. I try to cherish everyday because the time is just flying by!
Madeleine Woods – California State University, Sacramento