Moving from Sunraysia to Melbourne to attend university is a journey many local students take. So what is it really like for country kids trying to make it on their own in the big city? SYDNIE KENDALL opens up after a whirlwind year of growing up fast.
The lead up to the end of my high school experience had been hyped up with the promise of parties, art and freedom. No matter how many times I was told I’d miss my home, the place I grew up, I didn’t believe any of it.
Moving down to Melbourne with my best friend Emma Golding was one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had. With a car packed to the brim, we set off to the small, dingy, overpriced apartment in the city that would be our home for the next 12 months.
Thinking I had the world figured out, it took being away from home for a year to understand just how little I knew. No one could have prepared us for the quick growing up we’d have to do as we became completely independent.
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