Hi Friends & Family!
I’m super exited to announce that I’ve been able to successfully register at the University of Sydney for the upcoming semester and will be able to stay in Australia through January 2021 with my new student visa!
With the conditions surrounding COVID-19 in the U.S. and at Ole Miss (my home uni) still being so uncertain, I felt it was best for me to remain in Sydney for the remainder of the year. The beautiful campus at Sydney Uni has started to reopen study spaces, retail stores, on-campus offices, food outlets, and more, giving me hope that we may be able to return to campus during Semester 2. With fewer than 500 active cases of the virus in all of Australia, the prime minister has announced that schools can reopen as well as non-essential workplaces and the vast majority of commercial services. It has been great to see Australia recovering and Sydney getting back to the city it was when I arrived.
I have also been extremely fortunate to have found a job position as an au pair! For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the term, an au pair is basically a live-in nanny, typically a young woman from a foreign country who comes from overseas to work as a child’s caretaker in exchange for housing, food, and some additional spending money from a host family. Many people do it during a gap year before uni to travel abroad while working and having a real home to live in. The host family I will be living with is amazing- the mom is a professional photographer with her own business, the dad owns his own architectural and construction company, and the kids- a 4-year old girl and 18-month old boy- are the sweetest! The home is a very open, comfortable, chic space and gives me the entire third story to myself! I’m excited to set out on this new experience and to keep learning about life in Sydney.
I hope that you are all staying safe in the States and that things start improving soon so that we can all start fresh in the new year! See ya then! And as always, pictures below.