Are you heading overseas for higher education? Then here's my perspective


As a student coming from a foreign country, walking around in a new city you are initially overwhelmed with the surroundings. It takes a while to adjust to the settings and the whole situation is an experience on its own. As a student researching on Universities what attracted me to Melbourne University was its rich history (for an Australian University) its campus based surrounding and most importantly its recognition in Australia.

The courses at Melbourne University allow for a breadth subject each semester and this, in my opinion, is a vital factor for future employment. It is well known that straight after high school many, (like me) have very limited knowledge on what career to pursue. The breadth subjects give a greater flexibility within the course as well as expanding one's horizon. I am studying a Bachelor of Science degree with Micro and Macro Economics as my breadth subjects for first year studies.

University study in general is more independent and is different from the style of study undertaken in high school. A lot more self studying and self discipline is involved. This would be a change to many who depended heavily on tuition and therefore it is advisable to start being more independent to better adjust to the transition.

My experience at university has been memorable so far. I have had the privilege of staying at "Ormond College" and this has made my first year even more enjoyable- living with 300 other students. The experience at college has been special. College is a more expensive form of living but would recommend it, especially for the first year of university. College hosts its own entertainment events and reiterates the importance of enjoying the university part of a student's life. Studies are at the forefront of their goals and an average of 65% has to be maintained to remain a resident. So far I've taken part in many college activities, such as the College 1st cricket team, played Aussie footy and been an Orientation leader at the start of the second semester.

The experience has helped to improve both leadership skills and given me organisational experience.
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In conclusion, it is important that you give priority to studies and give all you can to achieve the best in you. At the same time, this is a time in our lives that we should enjoy and cherish so that we can reflect on post studies as an enhancing life experience.
Shenuka Peiris, Bachelor of Science
Alumni CIS
Melbourne University

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