Today I put my last full stop on my last assignment. I will miss Deakin – but before I say ‘Bye’, I’ll say ‘Hello!’
Deakin, so many things have happened since I came to this school to study my Master of Communication. I also received a scholarship which was just amazing! Second, I found the best place to worship, Christ Embassy Church, where I met my best friends. And the multicultural goings on here… oh my! Trust me you won’t feel out of place at all, rather, you will feel exotic! Haha!!!
I arrived late and missed Orientation, as my visa had been delayed. You can imagine how I might have felt coming to a new country, late, jet-lagged and not knowing where the school reception is or even the restrooms for that matter. So I stepped onto Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood Campus and the first person was just God-sent. She was a Red Shirt – a Deakin University Student Association volunteer – and she showed me around everywhere and let me know where I needed to be. I was so relieved!
When I first arrived, I missed home… my twin sister, my parents and my best friend. But I settled in as the University helped me find accommodation close to campus, which saved me money on transportation.
Did I mention transport? Oh my, does Melbourne have a lot going on. I had to get used to touching my pass on the ticket reader when getting on and off the bus, tram or train! But I got it, yaaaay!!!
I didn’t have any relatives here with me to show me what to do and how to go about things. But the International Student Advisers at Deakin made sure I applied for a tax file number, got my police check, and got my Bupa health insurance card. I was in awe with the level of support I got. I found a home! I found friends! I found love!
Of course there were hard challenges that I went through, like finding a job. But after getting my first job, getting other jobs was a piece of cake. I was able pay for my rent and my pocket money through my job, so my parents were able to relax. There will always be challenges but that just makes you know how great you are, no matter what.
So as I bid goodbye to Deakin with the completion of my master’s degree, I say hello to a good life in Australia. But Deakin, I will be back for my PhD!
One love :-*
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