Hello, my name is Shane D’Silva and I am in my final term of the Master of Information Technology at CQUniversity Melbourne campus.
The past two years has truly been a fast-paced, mind-blowing experience. By blood, I hail from India. However, I have lived in Kuwait for almost 18 years.
I spent two years in Dubai as well as another couple of years in Qatar. I am truly grateful for my father who continues to work so hard to have provided our family with the opportunity to experience life in those countries.
When I was younger, I had always wanted to study abroad in America, Canada, UK or Australia. However, I was presented an opportunity to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering at one of India’s most prestigious private university, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
I completed my studies and then set my sights on being able to start my life abroad. I went through days after days, agents after agents conducting tedious research into universities all over the world to pursue my master’s degree.
At the same time, my younger sister had already moved to Sydney to complete her studies as well. This made me focus on Australia more so that I could be closer to family.
During my research, I was looking for a university that provided interesting courses in Web and Mobile Application Development. That’s when I came across CQUniversity’s Master of IT course.
I still remember the excitement I felt from seeing a course structure that I absolutely fell in love with. I made my choice there and then and proceeded with my application.
As part of my course, there is an embedded internship program, which CQUniversity finds for you! Read my story about my internship during Covid-19.
Additionally, due to my accomplishments in my bachelor’s degree, I was able to secure the International Student Scholarship and here I am today, about to graduate in a couple of months!
Studying and living in Melbourne
I chose to attend CQUniversity’s Melbourne campus. I had heard a lot of good things about Melbourne – about the people and the food (I am a big foodie). I can, most definitely, confirm that all of what I had heard is true.
Since day one, people have been superb and incredibly nice to me. The food is heavenly and it’s a coffee lover’s paradise.
There are festivals happening every other day. The city is lively and beautiful, and it has a place for everyone. I cannot dream of leaving this city because it quickly became my home away from home.
During my time at CQUniversity, I have made many friends due to the events organised, including bowling, adventure trips, movie nights and more.
The professors are eager to teach and help you with your questions on any topic. They are quick to reply on the Q&A forums and to emails. Furthermore, since we have smaller class sizes, teaching becomes more personal and you are able to talk to your lecturer as though he/she is someone you’ve known for years.
I love this about CQUni so much and can’t imagine myself being able to learn in a lecture hall with a strength of 300 students.
Becoming an International Student Ambassador
Many students often seek part-time employment whilst studying and I’m no different. I’m someone who loves to finish assignments and tasks ahead of time, so I don’t have to stress about meeting deadlines.
This left me with a lot of free time. Luckily, through the connections I have made at the University, I was given an opportunity to become an
International Student Ambassador (ISA).
Being an ISA kept me busy outside of my regular university work. My job involves assisting prospective students with questions related to CQUni’s courses and their applications.
I would answer phone calls and emails from future students all over the world follow up any enquiries they may have. I would also speak to agents! Sometimes, I would be required outside of the office to assist as a CQUni representative for Education Fairs in Australia.
I love every bit of being an ISA. I encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to become an ISA to pursue it. It truly feels rewarding talking to a lot of people around the world and having that satisfaction knowing you helped at least one person make a decision to follow their passion.
I am dreading the day when I am no longer considered a CQUniversity student. I have had a blast and an incredible time talking to some of the professors as well as other staff members and building relationships.
It makes me happy knowing that I will be graduating as a proud alumnus. I learned so much during my time here that I will be able to put to good use when I go out into the industry. It has truly been a challenge that will benefit me, of that I am sure.
My advice to new students
Don’t be afraid to do your best. Go out of your comfort zone and participate in different things. Make sure people know your name. You will learn so much and grow professionally as an individual ready to take on the world.
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