This time last year I was packing boxes, squeezing all my clothes into a suitcase and saying goodbye to a place I called home for 19 years. Now here I am, about to begin my second year of university studying a Bachelor of Business/Arts with a major in Journalism and still alive after moving out of home.
After graduating high school in 2013, I had a gap year working full time to prepare myself for all the expenses that come with relocating. But it wasn’t just the expenses I had to prepare for. It was the learning to cook (still haven’t mastered mash potato), doing my own washing (tip: if it touches you, even for a second, it’s dirty), making new friends and basically being an adult (ugh) in a new place away from home.
It took me a while to settle in, especially considering I had to unpack clothes and shoes that could dress the whole of Australia, however the beautiful beaches, serene waterfalls and quirky coffee shops made me feel right at home. I eventually found my feet and before I knew it I was walking into my first lecture, late of course, because I didn’t allow enough time to find a park, which leads me to my next point …
When I think of all the funny experiences I’ve had it seems to always end up with me driving and getting lost whilst exploring the beautiful Sunshine Coast. One day I was driving back from a wonderful lunch in Noosa and accidentally went through a round about the wrong way … I was meant to go to Maroochydore, but ended up in Yandina (whoops!). I also distinctively remember when I first moved down, I wanted to go to Mooloolaba from Nambour, but somehow managed to do the scenic route through Bli Bli and Diddilllibah and turned a trip that was meant to take 20 mins into 45! Basically, what I’m trying to say is if you’re hopeless with directions (like me) then use Google Maps to avoid my mishaps.
Now in saying that, for those who are moving to the Sunshine Coast, or just moving out of home in general, here a few more tips to help you settle in…
Tip #1: Beware of Kangaroo poo at the uni.
Tip #2: Take advantage of cheap meal deals: Cheap Tuesday Pizza, 3 course meal for $15 on Monday nights from Maroochy RSL and Thursday night parmi’s in Mooloolaba.
Tip #3: Centrelink is your best friend. Look into it to see if you’re eligible.
Tip #4: When going back home to visit parents, it’s acceptable to bring all your laundry. Mums love it ...
So there you have it, the 101 on how to survive when moving to the Coast. I wish all those who are relocating and starting uni this year the best and to have a blast! Studying at USC has been one of the best decisions I’ve made and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!!
By Brooke Silcox.