So far my study abroad program is amazing! Fiji has so much to see and so much to do. Weekends are spent on the beach mostly. The biggest surprise is how laid back everything is here. Fiji time should be adopted by everyone, just saying.
As of right now I am involved in a Bollywood dance group. We just got our outfits yesterday, and they are so sparkly and flowy. My goals for that are to learn all the dances and perform in as many events as I can. We have our first event coming up soon and have learned two minutes of choreography. It is so much fun, and our group is made up of American, Australian, Canadian, Belize and one Fijian students. Normally Fijians don’t join, but they let my best friend here in.
I met Minal at a welcoming meeting for Wantok Moana. It is a group of Marine Studies students. The group can help with internships and connections, and it does activities like speakers in the field and reef cleanups, just to name a few. Our little corner of international students has also adopted a street dog. Her name is Suva and she follows us everywhere. She will go shopping, sit in class and play around the house with us.
The main difference I have noticed here is that the labs are so different. I have had to hold down a live chicken while measuring its glucose levels. The following two weeks we worked on toads, testing the calf muscle and heart under different conditions. We did blood pressure and heart rates on our selves the following week. All of that was just one class. For a different class we went snorkeling yesterday and counted different organisms in the ocean. I have a field trip tomorrow were we will spend all day out at the ocean and in a forest collecting samples. All my classes have field trips, but there is one in a couple of weeks were we will spend three days out collecting our own data. .
One of the best times here was a couple of weekends ago when all of us went to Beachcomber Island for a friend’s birthday. The celebration lasted three days on this glorious island where we snorkeled, played volleyball, laid in the sun, danced and met amazing people from around the world. It was definitely one of my favorite times here. Bonus, I didn’t get sun burnt on that particular trip. There were no worries and plenty of fun! We got to learn the Fijian Macarena called the Bula Dance.
Overall my time here has been amazing, and I don’t want it to end. I would recommend Fiji to anyone who wants a relaxed lifestyle.