Sydney, Sept.20 : Former Australian swimmer and Olympic champion Ian Thorpe says that he is getting used to life on the campus.
Pursuing studies in psychology and linguistics at Sydney's Macquarie University, the 26-year-old admitted he is settling into a more humble student existence - far from the spotlight. "It's good, I am getting used to it - the exams, the tutorials. Sorry, 'tutes'," he said. "It's fun. I am enjoying it," news.com.au quoted him, as saying. Thorpe dropped out of school in Year 10 to focus on his swimming career and the 2000-2004 Olympian admitted he was wary of tackling a university degree after such a long hiatus from study.
"Well, I am not stupid and I am glad that I have been able to prove that to myself. It is a hard process to get into that studying mode and into remembering how I used to do it. That has been a challenge for me," Thorpe said. "But I decided I want to learn and the more I learn, the more I realize there is so much to learn out there," he added.
The millionaire Sydneysider insists he's now just another ordinary student - albeit with a luxury car and designer threads. "People are getting more and more used to me. The first week was tough," he said.
"The second week everyone had cameras . . . but by the third week everyone calmed down and now I am old news. "I just blend in."