Enjoying Life Independently

Shova reflecting on sydney beach

I came to Australia to study as an international student from my home country of Nepal. Like many of us, I started living on my own and although it was hard for me at the start I now feel awesome living an independent life. Here’s some of my personal insights…

Understand the true image of myself.
I gained the ability to be true to be myself and understanding my place in this world. 

Shova and her friends hanging out in Sydney

Being with the people whom I want to be.
I have discovered how to live life to the fullest by choosing to spend time with the people that I want to be with, like hanging out with my besties.

Four-leaf clover for luck

I struggled for me.
I faced the good, the bad and the ugly of situations that I had never thought of before. I accepted these challenges with courage, and having faith that my luck is always there for me. I grew personally because of it and became a better person from the experience.

I learned to discover me.
I listed my habits, likes, dislikes, weakness, strengths and goals. In doing this, I learned a great deal about myself and started refining my preferences making my life easier and more organised. 

I knew what living means to me.
With my thoughts created everyday, I realised what my parents have done for me and appreciated the opportunities they have provided me.

Family celebrations

I miss my loved ones.
Being independent is not enjoyable all of the time. Sometimes you feel like there is no one to talk or share your immediate excitement and pain. Similarly, you will also miss celebrations back home as well.

That’s why it’s important that as an international student to make new friends and surround yourself with good people who become your ‘family’ during your time in Australia. Ones who can be there for you to go through the ups and downs of life, and vice versa. 

As Australia is so multicultural, you can find cultural and religious celebrations and festivities similar to what you’ll find back home. CQUniversity also provides support services to ensure our wellbeing and there’s always a variety of social and cultural activities offered on-campus which provides a way to meet new people.

It’s important to remember that being an international student is a fantastic opportunity to find yourself, and to develop yourself not just academically but personally as well.


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