Meera is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering and mathematics, with a minor in computer science. During summer and fall 2012, the President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program is participating in an IES Abroad program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney through SMU Abroad. Since arriving in Australia, she has gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, visited the Blue Mountains, gone zip-lining in the Daintree Rainforest and explored Sydney’s many markets.
The past few weeks have been particularly busy. The semester is coming to a close, so I have been working on my final rounds of tests and papers before final exams. However, amidst all the studying, I have had the opportunity to get out a few times. Recently, some friends and I went to Royal Randwick to see the Sunday horse races. The facilities looked exactly like something out of a movie; there were even people wearing huge decorative hats! I did not know anything about horse racing, but it was definitely fun to watch those who did. I am taking a class on Aboriginal Sydney. Last week, I had to write a report on Aboriginal engraving in the Sydney [...]