Daily Archives: January 14, 2014

Hawthorn Australian Football Team

Assignment #1: Football

Description: Dr. Topp gave us students on the first day of class a small piece of paper with a football team on it. At first we had questions; is it like “futbol” or is this considered “American football”? This is the AFL or Australian Football League but it is far from the same football we play in America. Each student received a different team and the assignment is to research the team and to 1. give its nickname, 2. its team colors, 3. its team mascot, 4. its team song 5. and any extra info such as location, what they have won, etc.


  • Football Team: Hawthorne
  • Sport: “Australian Rules Football” is the name of the sport. From and American’s eyes it is most similar to rugby, including a mix of almost every sport played in a circular arena like cricket with dribbling, kicking, carrying, throwing, and physical contact without any pads on. Here is a video of Hawthorn http://youtu.be/qB2d0TsrsVI
  • Team Colors: Yellow and Brown
  • Team Song:http://youtu.be/Cfy4LFWn5Rg

“We’re a happy team at Hawthorn
We’re the Mighty Fighting Hawks.
We love our Club, and we play to win,
Riding the bumps with a grin (at Hawthorn).
Come what may, you’ll find us striving
Team work is the thing that talks,
One for all and all for one
Is the way we play at Hawthorn.
We are the Mighty Fighting Hawks.”


  • Motto: Spectemur Agendo- “By our deeds we shall be known”
  •  Team’s Official Website: http://www.hawthornfc.com.au
  • League: AFL-Australian Football League
  • Founded in 1902
  • Number of Premierships won: 11
  • Based out of Melbourne (outskirts)


Impressions of Australia

This post will be ongoing. I will post things that I am noticing as I have been experiencing the culture in Australia throughout my 5 week stay. I might post just a word or two and write about them in more depth in the future. For now it will just be a word or two.

  • Diversity
  • Laid Back
  • Good Manners
  • Lingo (Flip-Flops are called thongs)
  • Prices are high
  • Pay Rate is high
  • Drinking is casual
  • How to Dress (only wear athletic wear when they are truly working out)
  • Healthy lifestyle

Flight Madness

Flight Madness:

I was so excited to leave for Australia on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014. I had my bags packed in the car, my gas tank filled, and my anxiety kicked in for one of the longest flights in the world and the 5 weeks I will be away from America. My sister Chelsey and my boyfriend Ryan took me to the tiny State College airport which would connect me to the Washington D.C. Dulles airport. I was getting really nervous to leave America, my family, boyfriend, friends, and my dogs for a little while. Finally, I got to the airport, took a deep breath and felt ready to take on Australia and the distance.


As Chelsey and Ryan were about to say their goodbyes the director of the trip, Dr. Pate, came up to me and informed me that the flight to D.C. was canceled. She was on the phone to try and fix the mess that apparently occurred when the one flight was canceled. Me and five other students were waiting for her to get off of the phone, and after an hour we were told that our flights for Australia would not be until Friday…two more days at home…I was not too happy because I finally got over my anxiety and I was really excited to leave, but then I had to go home and sit there to do nothing (I read “The 5 People You Meet In Heaven” to keep myself occupied).

I feel like I have never had the greatest flight experience. Last year for my spring break I had a trip planned to go visit my sister in Italy where she was also studying abroad with the International Culinary Institute (in NYC). My friend Brianna, my Aunt Cindy, my cousin Frankie, my Mom (who was already in Italy), my sister-in-law Shaina, and me were all going to visit Chelsey. Me and my friend Brianna lived in State College so we were driven from State College to Shaina’s house in Harrisburg. Once we arrived, we were all just waiting to leave for the airport and my brother was making fun of my passport mugshot when he realized it was expired. My heart dropped to the ground in a panic, like one of those moments where you have no idea what to do and you just cry and depend on someone else…and yes I cried my eyes out.

Long story short even though this story is just madness and long, it all worked out in the end. My travel agent Trudy and the driver who took me from State College to Harrisburg were saviors. Trudy canceled my flight from Harrisburg to Newark and scheduled me an appointment in Philadelphia to get a new passport. If anyone has ever tried to get a passport fast, it just doesn’t happen unless you pay a lot of money, know someone, or cry…and I did all three of those things ($200, Trudy the travel agent, and lots of tears). My appointment in Philly was at 1:00 pm, and it was 12:30pm, and the flight from Newark to Italy was at 5:00…IMPOSSIBLE. Well like I said, I had some saints along with me and somehow made it to Newark with 10 minutes to spare (no lie) before the plane boarded. Talk about anxiety attack…thank goodness I did not really get anxiety back then because I would have been a mess and some. My classes this semester are to blame for my anxiety now.

The trip to Italy worked out, and the trip to Australia worked out as well. Being two days late was a bummer, but hey you never know…everything happens for a reason (I am a firm believer of that!). We ended up driving to D.C. Friday morning instead of taking a flight from State College like planned, and thank goodness we didn’t because we found out the flight we would have taken was canceled again! I also will never fly with United Airlines after this trip because the food was not that great, even though airplane food is never that great, and we didn’t have our own tv’s…for one of the longest flights in the world I don’t get entertainment other than sleep and my computer that dies in 2 seconds? Crazy!

Going to another country, a vacation, or even somewhere else in the states is great but the traveling aspect can always be madness and things can go wrong without your control so what I have learned from this trip is to just go with the flow and it will all work out in the end.