Welcome to the official CQUniversity Student Blog – CQUniLife. This blog follows the experiences of a diverse group of CQUniversity students from different countries, studying various programs and at various campuses throughout Australia.
“Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.” Philip Stanhope
I am a very passionate person who lives by this quote and believes in leading by example. As a member of my generation, it is my responsibility to become active in changing the world for the better. As an international student, I continue to abide by this philosophy and strive to be involved in my community both locally and globally.
Hello, my name is Chiamaka Ibeme and I am studying the Master of Information Technology at CQUniversity Melbourne campus, with the ambition to become a software architect. I am also a Change Champion where I promote and contribute to social innovation, which I am very passionate about.
Hello, my name is Aesha and I come from India. My study journey started from getting a visa grant to landing in the liveliest city in the world: Melbourne.
Being an international student in Australia has been — and will continue to be — a lifelong learning experience. It has not only brought opportunities for me to extend beyond my horizons and enhance my qualification but I have also made some good friends.
Every moment I am here is a lesson in itself because it has made me stronger, confident about my instincts, beliefs and self-esteem level.
Application status Student (subclass 500): Granted. Congratulations! This must be one of the happiest emails that I have received from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. Welcome to the land down under where I would be studying a Master of Professional Accounting at CQUniversity. Exciting, isn’t it?
I would come to face a new environment, live independently, meet new people from diverse cultures, advance my career through study and a lot more. But, what does it really feel like when you leave home to experience all these things that await you?
Hello, my name is Sara Manka. I grew up in a small family with lots of laughs and love in a small village in Albania. My mum always motivated me to study abroad and experience life in another country, and I always dreamed of living in a big and busy city.
I was about to finish my high school studies when one of my relatives offered to help me come and study in Australia. I always dreamed of becoming an accountant because I really enjoyed maths and I was interested in economics.
Hello, my name is Prince. After the completion of my undergraduate study in my home country, Nepal, I decided to move to Australia to pursue postgraduate study in civil engineering.
I chose Melbourne as my study destination as it was recognised as the world’s most liveable city with a high standard quality of living and vibrant multicultural society that is safe for international students.
“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”.
A way out of the comfort
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.
I am from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, also known as one of the hidden gems in Southeast Asia.
About two years ago, I took a leap of faith to move from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne seeking a new overseas adventure, leaving behind a place of familiarity, influential leadership position, hectic yet comfortable lifestyle, as well as an established community.
It was certainly not an easy decision for me as I have to ‘reset’ everything and start anew. But deep down I knew that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
This radical decision has marked a new and significant season for me to ‘upgrade’ myself intellectually, academically, professionally and experientially.
Your studies? How about your assignment? Perhaps not, I think you will miss the moments you spent with your friends.
It might be the first conversation you had, the first gossip you shared, laughter that was so loud that the lecturer had to remind you that you were in a class, late night assignments talks, the conference you attended together, the clubs you went with your friends, the new cuisine you both tired and many more.
But perhaps like me, you had a problem making new friends when you started your university life in a new country for the very first time.
Time flies! It’s been almost 8 months that I flew from Kathmandu my hometown to a beautiful paradise called Melbourne. So far life has been like a roller coaster with many bumps and highs. However, I am loving Melbourne although the life in Kathmandu and Melbourne is quite different.
In this blog, I will be sharing about the how my life was in Kathmandu and how my life is now in Melbourne.
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 🙂