The first month has come and gone. Life is quick like that. The first few days last forever, while the last few weeks have barely registered. This anniversary has given me pause for thought, has much changed since I arrived? I mean, technically yes, a whole lot has. I've become more officially entrenched and invested into this city (bank accounts, oyster cards, accommodation and the like). But, despite these physical adjustments, have I changed. Then I realise I'm getting a bit wanky and that I've only been here a month. To bring everyone up to speed, the induction/training process at uni is maybe.. halfway over (?), meaning I'm actually able to start getting my hands dirty in the lab. However, it will be at least another month before I am sufficently versed on the really high tech (i.e. expensive) equipment. Naturally, there has been a bit of overlap with the work I'm performing and my academic background but I've had to rapidly get well acquainted with a number of other subjects, ranging from circuit theory to reliability engineering. Though Biomedical Engineering is incessantly touted as "interdisciplinary", these past few weeks have seriously impressed into me the validity of that claim. With that being said, I would very much like to ensure those concerned that I'm loving every second of it.
What else have I achieved in this first month? Not a whole lot, though I'm quickly gaining an appreciation for just how many Australians there are over here. I would have to estimate there's an average of 1.5 other Aussies in each queue I line up in. I am ashamed to say I didn't spend our National Holiday drinking beer, having a BBQ and listening to Triple J's Hottest 100. But the sunday previous was a close approximation, at an event with 2000 other Aussies chin-wagging amongst each other, enjoying a few (several) VBs. The crowd would have been a litle bigger, but by 1pm a fair few ambulances were shepherding hapless individuals off. I hope I'll be able to find some similar commemorations for ANZAC day, though maybe a bit more respectable.