I was glad that two years ago I had the opportunity to study abroad with the support of my family. I was studying at The Hutchins School, Tasmania, in which I had no idea about this place at that time. All I know about Tasmania was a natural beauty and the uncontaminated environment, but I have never thought that I could have a chance to go there not to travel, but to study.
I still vividly remember how stressed I was when studying in Hong Kong, from routine school classes, after-school tutorials to extra-curricular activities, they were all packed with my schedule with limited leisure time. However, the studying environment was vastly different when I got to Australia. Teachers were supportive, and the school always encourage students to explore and to be independent. Learning was more self-directed with more in-class discussions. Unlike the way in Hong Kong, teachers from my school were more focus on students’ understanding of contents and logical thinking during the learning process, rather than having a spoon-feeding approach. Apart from the teaching style, Tasmania has a relaxed lifestyle that slows down your pace and to experience the environment. Also, as a boarder living in Tasmania for two years, it was great that all teachers and students there were friendly and supportive, which helped me a lot to accustom me into the new place and immersed into the boarding environment with the diversity of culture.
I am currently studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia, and I wish my studying experiences from high school allow me to cope with all challenges in the future.