Hello, my name is Krishna Sen, I am from a small town in Nepal called Chitwan and am currently studying a Master of Human Resource Management at CQUni Sydney campus.
I left home at the age of 15 for Pune, India after schooling for my higher study. I graduated from one of the renowned universities of India, Savitribai Phule Pune University and it was tough for me to decide what to do next. I wanted to do a masters degree but was confused from where.
Then I thought of Australia — one of the most popular destinations for international student and not once have I ever regretted my decision.
Moreover, coming to CQUniversity has been one of the best decisions of my life. I couldn’t have expected more than this. I am so in love with the university, the cooperative staff, environment, excellent student service…
I have learned a lot not just from my course work but from other things in my life. Being an international student, I have learned the importance of time, money and I have become much more independent.
It was a completely different environment for me — from food, the education system, accommodation, but I have so many cooperative people around me at CQUni that I never felt I am away from home.
University became my second home. The Academic Learning Centre was a great help for me in my initial days. I used to go to the free workshops they had every week and it helped me to understand what was expected of me.
I can see a lot of change in me. I have transformed into a confident woman and can see a lot of positive changes in my life. I was kind of an introvert person before but now I love going out, I love making new friends and gathering new experiences.
I used to attend the International Café Sessions every Wednesday on campus and I used to love that. I could meet new people, interact with university staff, make new friends and enjoy free sandwiches 😊.
I am also a part of the Social Innovation Club where we do a lot of voluntary activities for social causes, for example, we pack food for disadvantaged Mexican students and I was also part of organising the team for the welcome event, which was held on the Sydney campus for the first time. In fact, I was the host of the program!
I am also part of the Campus Life Committee and put my hand up for paid work for the university assisting in term 3 enrolment. All these activities around the university keep me engaged and occupied.
It can be difficult to be away from home and I have suffered through homesickness in my initial phase, but now I love my university life. I usually go to the beach during my spare time, Manly Beach is my favourite.
I especially love going to the beach at night when there are fewer people and more peace. I love coffee and luckily, we have so many coffee shops around the university. I usually grab a cup of coffee and go for a walk around Darling Harbor, which is only a short walk away from campus. I love to explore new places. I have already visited Melbourne, Brisbane and I loved it.
After I complete my degree I really want to work in Australian companies and get Australian experience. I want to know how different the Australian market and workplace is from my home country.
I want to learn new things and take them with me back to my home town. I want to create more opportunities and explore more in my hometown. I am a family person and I love my family a lot. So, I really want to go back to my home country but with a lot of experience.
My advice? I would just say CQUniversity has everything and wants to give the best to its student but we being a student need to explore and be active to use them to the fullest.
Enjoyed Krishna’s story? You might enjoy Niraj and Bikesh’s story who are also involved in Social Innovation at our Sydney campus.
Find out more about Social Innovation at CQUniversity.