As a fresh graduate from the University of Queensland, I would like to share my 5 years of life studying abroad. After studying my A Level in the United Kingdom, I was hoping to extend my studies in another part of the world. I was not sure about going to Australia as I did not know much about the country and its education style and system.
Luckily, my consultant Joshua Tang, who has strong knowledge and experiences dealing with students studying in Australia, gave me a lot of information in regarding to how the lifestyle is in Australia, which Universities are available and every bits and pieces of Australia.
Thanks to Joshua, I was able to get into the February course of IES (Foundation of the University of Queensland) with a scholarship offer. I was nervous and did not know how it would be to live in a homestay family as I was living in a boarding school in the United Kingdom. In the end, I met a lot of friends with different cultures and background and I was staying with a very nice homestay family. Things were going very smooth throughout the year and I also got an offer to study in Speech Pathology.
I started to support my own living expenses after moving out from the homestay family. Sadly, after the second year of studying Speech Pathology in the University of Queensland, I find myself too stressful to manage the work load and time between my part time work and studies, I find it very difficult and was hoping to find another way out in order to balance my goals and time. I was devastated at that moment and was uncertain about my future. Yet, I find myself very lucky and blessed because my family was supporting me, giving me phone calls and talking me through the situation. With the help and support from Joshua and my family, I decided to change my degree into Linguistics and Translation.
I then have learnt to manage my time between studies and work very well, and continue to expand my interest in languages throughout my degree. I have also gained a few high distinctions in my few courses and also an offer to do a year of honour degree in the University of Queensland.
in December 2012, I finally graduated with a Bachelor degree. I was very touched and believe that all the hard work can be paid off and is definitely worth it to study hard and be independent throughout my years of studying abroad. I truly believe that those years will be my most memorable years in my life and that I have learnt so much from textbooks and also from the experiences studying abroad, living by myself independently and with all my part time working experiences working in different places.
I would love to sincerely thank Joshua Tang of AAC, my family and friends for supporting me throughout the years of studying abroad in Australia.