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G’day Mates!

Hello from Down Under!

Sitting in a cafe right now. It’s an absolutely beautiful day and my roomie and I along with some others from the group are currently debating on which beach to go to. It’s such a struggle being here ;)

Started my internship on Monday. I’m at the Lizard Children’s Centre in Chatswood and so far I absolutely love it!!! I have to take 2 buses and a train to get there so it’s just about an hour and a half commute. On Monday when I got there I met with my 2 supervisors, Liz and Nicole. They are absolutely wonderful and so funny. I got thrown right into things and helped lead a Summer sports day camp. There are 5 other counselors at the Sports camp besides me. We play with and help watch over 12-15 children with autism. They range in ages from about 3-6 and oh my gosh they are just so adorable. One little boy in particular is just such a sweetheart and he and I are quickly becoming “mates.” So I’m going to be working with all the day camp people for the first 2 weeks of this internship. That takes up almost all of my morning.¬† I also help with some secretarial stuff around the office, but they really try to keep this to a minimum-which is nice. Usually I get a chance to observe at least 2 clinical sessions every afternoon too which is just great. I get to see all the similarities and differences between the therapy techniques in the U.S. and here which is really interesting.

Yesterday(Friday) and Thursday night I spent at the Australian Open-Sydney tourney. It was so much fun! I got to see Mardy Fish(USA) play Peter Louczak(AUS) on Thursday night and Fish play Marcos Baghdatis(CYP) on Friday. All the matches were great  but Fish v. Baghdatis was sooo intense. It lasted 3 hours with Baghdatis eventually clinching it. A bummer that Fish lost but a great match nonetheless. Anyway, that was just a fantastic experience. So glad I got to go!

I really have just been having such a great time here and am ready to head out to the beach!

Cheers!

One Response to “G’day Mates!”

  1. Hi Britta! I’m so glad you are having a great experience! It’s nice to hear what you are up to. I had a fantastic experience living in Australia as a student (wow- almost 20 years ago!) and I’m glad you are too. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures when you return! Dr. H

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