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Question Moving to Australia - First time - October 27th 2015, 12:22 PM

Due to financial issues, my family will soon be moving to Adelaide in Australia, the decision was very sudden.
For my entire life I've lived in the same area, and I've never changed schools. I've known many of my classmates for a very long time.

I'm feeling rather uncertain, I've never even been anywhere near Australia and I'm not sure how to cope with time differences. (it's around a 3 hour time difference)

My parents plan to enroll me into an catholic all girls college, I've always been to a co-ed school, and have never been to a religious school. I'm afraid I'll be forced to attend mass or something...And I don't really know what to expect from an all girls school

I'm also not sure what the general conditions in Adelaide are like, all I know is that it's big and that the weather is very dry. I've never encountered a hurricane, earthquake or any serious natural disaster.
   
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Re: Moving to Australia - First time - October 29th 2015, 12:21 PM

Hey there. I'm originally from South Africa and I moved to Australia in 2011. I didn't know what to expect either but it's a lovely country. Summer is hot in Australia. The only natural distaster that Adelaide will probably expect is rain, we get a lot of rain here. I suggest doing research on living in Australia. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to help in anyway I can. Good luck for the flight here! Hope you like it here


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Re: Moving to Australia - First time - November 5th 2015, 10:31 PM

Hi!

I've been meaning to reply to this for a while, so I'm sorry I've only just gotten around to it. I'll preface this by saying that while I've lived in Australia all my life, I've never been to South Australia, so take everything I say with a grain of salt.

First off, I'm sorry you have to go through this. My family also moved very suddenly when I was younger, and although it was only to a town an hour away (we didn't even leave the state) it took me a while to get used to it. Maybe you could try talking to your family about it; you never know, they might be feeling as apprehensive as you are and it could be good to talk about it.

I know it won't be the same, but you can still keep in touch with your old friends/classmates. Since there's only a small time difference it shouldn't be too difficult to schedule online meetups (for example over Skype) or maybe even phone calls depending on your plan, so keep that in mind. As for coping with the time difference: you will get used to it. Sure, it might be confusing for a while, but it's amazing how quickly and easily the human body can adjust.

I've been to Catholic school for most of my life, and trust me, it's not that bad. Most of my classmates, like myself, weren't Christian - or even religious, in most cases. We were made to go to mass, but it was usually only on special occasions (graduation, Easter, that kind of thing). There are a few things that can happen when you go to mass. If you're not Christian but are spiritual/religious, you might find comfort in it like I did; I identified as pagan for my last couple of years of high school, but I still enjoyed mass because it was a time/place to worship and rejoice, which was something I was all for. If you're not religious or spiritual at all, then you can find other ways to entertain yourself during mass. The priest isn't going to notice if you're not paying attention, so if you feel like tuning out then I don't see anything wrong with it - as long as you're not being disruptive. Religion isn't for everyone, so if it's not your thing then you shouldn't have to force yourself to actively pretend to be religious just because you go to a religious school.

My school was co-ed, but one of the other major Catholic high schools nearby was all-girls so a few of my primary school friends went there. And, honestly, it didn't seem too bad. You can socialise with guys outside of classes, and this particular school had pretty regular meetups with the all-boys school down the road, for sporting/academic events and the like. So going to an all-girls school may be a bit of an adjustment, but probably won't be as bad as you're worried it will be.

Adelaide, from what I understand, is a fairly calm place to live. You're not likely to get all the wild tropical storms of Queensland, for example. Years ago I had a specialist jokingly suggest that I actually move to Adelaide because it would help with my allergies - something about the humidity, I think, but don't quote me on that. So as far as I know you don't really need to brace yourself for natural disasters or wild weather.

I hope this helps a bit, and I do hope you enjoy living here. Although I may be slightly biased, I really think Australia is a great place to live. Welcome to the country, and let me know if you want to talk further about it.


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