They performed for us a few times and it was very neat. After that, we had our orientation session, which was just like any other orientation.
After orientation, I walked around campus a little bit while waiting for Sean and his girlfriend (Nicole - easy to remember!) to arrive and found my safe haven: a bookstore! There were two levels, the top having regular books (fiction, non-fiction, etc.) and school supplies, and the bottom level was filled with academic books for my courses. Although I didn't buy anything, I'm sure I will be there frequently to browse.
Once Sean and Nicole got there, they took me on a mini-tour of Auckland city. There is a park nearby that has a giant tree growing through it. There's even a part where you have to duck under the tree just to get by it on the path. I got to see different stores and food places (there's McDonald's, Burger King, and Subway here). There's a landmark in the city called Sky Tower.
It's the tallest man-made structure in NZ (over 1,070 feet high) and people can bungee jump off of it (don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon)! We finished our mini-tour and took a bus back home. At one point, I was tested to see if I could find campus - I failed miserably. It doesn't surprise me given that I've lived in Green Bay for over a year and still get lost! Hopefully, I can learn to navigate around the city quickly so I don't get too lost.
First day of school! First day of school! OK, so not really because I don't start classes (which they call papers) until next week, but I did get to go on campus and attend orientation. I will have to take the city bus to my classes everyday and will eventually learn how to use it, but today Sean just drove me. There was a specific orientation event in the morning for international students, so I went to that. I met some cool people from all over the world, including Canada, Norway, France, and even Chicago! At orientation, there was a group of Maori people. They are the indigenous group in New Zealand and their language has influenced many of the areas (city and street names, cultural differences, etc.).