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Starting university this year was certainly a challenge. I had to learn how to navigate the websites and handbooks provided pretty quickly. Trying to stay on top of my enrolments was a challenge, especially when half the time you have no clue what you’re doing. So when I was looking into what subjects I wanted to choose for my first year of studies, I knew I had to consider my options seriously.

I knew what fundamental subjects I had study in order to get into my graduate course later but I was stuck on choosing which breadth I wanted to do. There were too many choices to pick from! Given that a breadth subject is a class that has nothing to do with your major, I wanted this as a chance to broaden my horizons. To experience something, I had never done before.

African drumming? Probably not. I had tried doing music in Year 7 but for some reason, with every instrument I tried, I always managed to make a sound which somewhat resembled a wailing cat. A language? I would’ve loved to learn another language but the only problem was my accents often lacked. I’d always feels uncomfortable trying to speak in a different language, as if I was mocking them by trying to sound like them even though the only fact was that I was terrible at mimicking certain tones. Also I wanted to concentrate most of my time onto my major rather than my breadth. Trying to learn a completely new language wouldn’t help in that situation. I wanted to steer clear of subjects such as politics and history just because I had already studied them in high school and I knew I wouldn’t be able to pass any of the sports options.

After hours of deliberation and countless times of visiting the university, I finally made my decision. I wanted to study the History of Wine. The description basically mentioned how the lectures would go into the discovery of wine and present day popularity of the alcohol, l in reference to Australian wine exports. Given that I’m not much of a wine connoisseur, I was a little bit hesitant at first but I was glad I choose the subject when I started seminars. We got to discuss the impact of wine on the world market and how Australia has been involved, including exporting wine to China and other neighboring countries. Although I did accidentally drift off once during the lecture, the information was quite interesting.

All in all, I just hope I can make it through the rest of the school year. I seriously underestimated the workload given and the content which we have to learn. Who knew university would be this stressful?