Study life in AustraliaI have now studied in University of Queensland for one and a half years, till now, I would say I am having a wonderful and enjoyable experience studying in Australia. Different from what I thought before, the life in Australia is not so hard to adapt by having the help from Joshua and the assistance I received here.
Before coming to Australia, Joshua has already provided me detailed information regarding the study life, study workload etc. which gave me a brief insight of the new study environment.
University of Queensland offers quite amount of supports towards international students, such as academic advisory, employment support etc. The staffs here are kind and helpful which makes me having minimal troubles in adapting the new school.
I would not say the study workload is light in UQ and it is never an easy task to accomplish good grades in all courses. However, UQ guarantees adequate support on our studies. In my opinion, the most useful ones are the consultations and lecture recordings. Throughout semesters, most lecturers and tutors would organise timetables for students to approach them in person, and most staffs are very responsive to emails. Therefore, whenever I encounter some difficulties in my study, more than often the problems can be solved within a few days. Furthermore, some of the lectures are recorded, so if I miss out some main points from the lectures or like to revise them again, the recordings certainly become my most useful tool which save me a lot of time.
Keeping on track maintaining a moderate pace on teachings your own progress can make study a lot easier and at the same time, having extra time to enjoy the life in Australia.
HomestayThe kindness and funniness of my homestay parent helps me ease the stress and homesickness when I first came to Australia. Other than just providing me a place to live and food to eat, my lovely homestay parent treats me as their own child.
Ordinary family gatherings and dinners always come with laughters, card games like UNO and various activities e.g. showing me around Brisbane, are often held whenever we are free. These gatherings and activities really help me reduce the study stress and enjoy my life here. Further, extensive interactions among my homestay parents and other international students living here provide me opportunities to practice conversational English and gain a further understanding towards local Australian cultures and other countries’ cultures.
Last but not least, I am very appreciated for the advices provided by Joshua. At the beginning, I have no intention of studying in Australia, but after all his analysis based on his valuable experiences and profession. He helped me figure out the country and institution I can comfortably fit in. Further, not only providing me advices at the beginning, he also places concern on me throughout the year of studying in Australia, giving me useful opinions regarding different issues.