Hello, my name is Olivia Lee and I am an international student at James Cook University. I study a Bachelor of Marine Science and have been living in Townsville for close to 2 years. Before my adventures in North Queensland, I was living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia among the buildings, smog, and people milling about at every turn. If you mentioned you were studying in Queensland to anyone, its location wouldn’t register in anyone’s head, let alone tiny Townsville. Despite its dismissed existence, Townsville has been the home for many international students such as myself who wanted to study near the Great Barrier Reef. It’s been a bumpy ride since I started my degree and a long time coming, but I can now call this place home and I’ve had many good memories attached to the university and to this patch of land. Please read on to see how I’ve been spending my time in Townsville!