I’m not sure what my expectations of Australia were when I first arrived, but one thing I know for sure was that I was ready to do anything to survive and make my way through to the other side.
“One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do”.Henry Ford
A way out of the comfort zone
Living in our home countries, speaking fluently in the local language, knowing where to find our favourite dishes, how the transport works, what to do and what to avoid doing, what´s right and what’s wrong, meeting friends everywhere, knowing where to go to enjoy our favourite hobbies and studying or working in our majors is not a hard deal.
We are, of course, habituated to our daily routine. However, sometimes we need to get to that inflection point that drastically challenges our cosmovision and changes our behaviour.Continue reading From Colombia to Melbourne – my journey, experiences and advice
International student, Baljinnyam Davaajav (Bella, in short) comes from Mongolia with a background in HR Management.
She began her studies at CQUniversity Sydney campus in 2015 to study English through the CQUEnglish Language Centre and later enrolled in the Master of Human Resource Management, which she has recently completed.
We chat to Bella to find out more about her studies, advice she can provide to prospective international students and her experience at CQUniversity.
Great news, you’ve decided to study abroad at CQUniversity, one of the largest universities that has locations all around Australia, and take up a new opportunity, adventure and education.
Now the hard part – where to study? CQUniversity (Central Queensland University) has 16 campuses scattered around Australia, we offer the largest physical presence of any tertiary education institution in Australia with a wide range of program and course offerings.
You can choose between the relaxed pace of a regional location, such as Cairns, Noosa or Bundaberg; or perhaps you’re after the bustling city life of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth. The choice is now yours.
Well done! So you’ve decided to move overseas to study! You’ve accepted your offer from CQUniversity, got your visa sorted, got a medical check-up, booked your plane tickets and packed your luggage. All you need to do now is to get on that plane and get ready for a new life in a new country.
All this can be a bit overwhelming, and it’s easy to lose yourself in the excitement, but you’ll need to tie up loose ends and buckle up — it’s going to be one of the most stressful experiences in your life.
Volunteering is defined as ‘time is willingly given for the common good and without financial gain’ (Volunteering Australia, 2015). You as a student might be wondering what benefits there are in volunteering. Well, you are at a right place to get an answer to that question!
For students, there are so many benefits as a volunteer.
If you are an international student living in Australia, you either have a job (or several jobs) or know other foreign students who work. Very often, international students take on casual or part-time jobs in order to cover the high living expenses and to gain industrial experience. But first, it is to your advantage to ask this question:
Are you familiar with your obligations and minimum rights while working in Australia?
Here are a few things you ought to be aware of if you decide to work as an international student:
Studying a University course can take a long time to complete, so it is important that you do not need to keep your whole living in Australia only for studies, it is possible to have a lot of fun in one of the best countries in the world!
As a student from Brazil who has just completed studying the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration at CQUniversity Sydney campus, I will show you a typical day of my life, it will be during the semester and a weekday.
As an International Student Ambassador at CQUni, I used to work for the International Marketing Directorate. Last December my manager asked me to write a concept for a marketing video which they could put on the CQUniversity website to promote the university and attract international students. I really liked the idea and I thought it would be a nice way to show interested students what it is like to be a student at CQUni. My task was not only to provide the story for the video but also to suggest a talented student I thought would suit. Continue reading My experience as a little movie star
Since I’m a student myself I know that money is limited and only staying at home is boring. Of course, our assignments take a lot of time but there should be still time to enjoy our life from time to time 🙂
Therefore, my new blog post is about 5 things to do in and around Melbourne on a student budget. Continue reading 5 things to do in and around Melbourne on a student budget