Some interesting questions this week via Chelsea . The college process (from application to majors to what we all even call it!) is very different in Australia than what I've read of/seen in the USA. I'm basing this comparison pretty much solely on my experience (and my friends) versus what I've learned from books/tele/movies (isn’t that where you learn everything? Oh, wait, no? Ok then).
Let's start with the differences - we call it uni or university. We have secondary colleges (high schools) and then university. Some universities have halls of residence and they are referred to as colleges. You'd stay in a college whilst attending the uni. Not many people do, mostly those that aren't from the main cities I guess. It is a lot more rare to move for uni here also. I know only one person who moved interstate for uni, and one that moved to the country. Both for specialists courses. Anyway, let's get onto ten questions about my uni experience...
1. Where did you go to college?
Melbourne. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). It had two city campuses and my classes were across both of them. It was smackbedang in the middle of the city too. Vertical campuses, I guess. They seemed to buy city buildings as they became available. Some quite diverse too. Most of my lectures were spread across Storey Hall (modern) and Capitol Theatre (old school). Both cool buildings but both provided so many visual distractions it was sometimes hard to concentrate.
2. What did you study?
Ba. Business (Accountancy) I think is my official degree. My second focus (outside my compulsory accounting subjects) was financial and investment planning. Something I no longer have any interest in.
3. Was college really all that it was cracked up to be?
I didn't have the typical experience as I was working full time with one of the big 4 accounting firms. They offered me a traineeship, working full time and studying part time. The hours were just shy of full time but it meant my classes were at night. With a lot of mature aged students. I later switched to full time (part of the trainee process) but I'd missed the O week friendship forming years by then. The big 4 still offer these traineeships but you now attend first semester full time and then start working, delaying your start by 6 months but meaning you get the "typical" uni experience. I think this is a great step.
4. How far were you from home?
Uni was about 16km from home. I lived at home for all but the final year when my parents moved to the country and I moved in with friends in the neighbouring suburb. This isn't abnormal. Some friends moved out earlier but more because they didn't want to live with their parents any more.
5. Did you have the same roommate all four years?
See above - family for the first 4, then friends the final one (it took me 5 years from woe-to-go including part time and deferring to travel).
6. Where did you order food from at 2am?
Pizza was a standard. I also lived near enough a late supermarket so we could do snack runs.
7. Did you date in college or were you tied down?
Bit of both but mainly dated.
8. Funniest drunk college moment?
I don't drink. Never did, never will ;-) OK, that's a lie. I can't really think of one that stands out. We had a lot of fun nights and I'd often run into Dad as he was walking to the station to go to work in the morning and I'd be getting of the train to come home and get some sleep. He would always laugh at me (and be glad I was home safe). This was very much during the working part time, studying fulltime phase!!
9. Did you make it to class on time?
If I went, I was on time, but I didn't always go (and if I was going to be late, I just didn't go).
10. What was your favourite class in college?
Possibly Italian or Human Communication. Ironically, they're specifically not related to my major. We had to do a certain number of credit points from outside our faculty to ensure we graduated as "well rounded citizens".