This is going to be a shorter post than my previous essays (just this once). It is the end of Week 2 of Semester 1 (University term) and I have just moved to a new university in order to learn from the best in my field of study (Ethnomusicology) at Australia’s number 1 ranked university.
I am now ‘living’ my dream of having the freedom and academic ability to study music from my own culture for the next few years. Some of you may dream of having the latest car, winning the lotto, making it into The X Factor, but me? I dream of researching and studying Samoan Music and writing a thesis all about it for someone who cares, (anybody out there?).
But here’s the thing: I have NO hamo friends at Uni. (No waaaay!???)
Last week I walked around campus getting a feel for the place and all the while scanning the crowds for a brown face. Nothing. Now, don’t get me wrong – I have many friends at Uni. ‘Many’ to me is 2-3 friends and 5 is like: OMG I am the Shizz! I have worked alongside some very young and talented Australians, beautiful people – humble and eager to do well at Uni, if not for themselves, for their families.
But you know, my tertiary experience has been lacking the ‘hamo’ factor. So I am basically putting myself out here in the big bad blogosphere (auuuu alliteration right thurrr) and calling out to any Samoans at Melbourne University who would like to get together – form an alliance (kidding!) – and share the joys (and burdens) of being a minority at tertiary level in this country.