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国际生Preeti的故事 - 我在澳洲学习的旅程

 

 我们国际学生,在决定出国留学时会有千百个疑问。本文将会展示我在澳大利亚学习期间的思考和挑战。此外,我将为你讲述我在当地的生活,这会改变你对乡村生活想法!

当梦想成真

从童年开始,我就梦想出国留学,但由于缺乏知识和经济上的限制,我永远无法向父母表达我的梦想。然而,我从未放弃过我的梦想,就在这一天,与我的丈夫和姻亲一起喝杯咖啡,我不假思索的表达了我的兴趣,通过升级我的教育将我的职业生涯提升到一个新的水平。他们都说,“去追逐梦想吧!”我们都支持你!我家里这些简单的话语改变了我的生活。感觉好像我有翅膀,现在我只需要更接近我的梦想。

我登陆澳大利亚的脸上抑制不住地微笑,我告诉自己,我永远不会放弃我的激情。

开启生活的新篇章

我在拉筹伯大学开始了我的教育和领导教育之旅,目的是学习课程设计技巧和渐进的教学方法。与印度相比,澳大利亚的教育体系不同,我认为这是实践我的批判性思维技能的挑战。经过13年的漫长岁月回到Uni对我来说有点压倒性,但我的适应能力让我继续前进。在我遇到的变化中,我的丈夫和4岁的女儿是我最大的力量。慢慢地,我开始了解教育系统,并走出去,在洗衣店的第一份工作。

My first day at work in Australia made me ponder many questions such as will I be able to make it as I have no experience in this kind of work? Will I be able to respond to customer queries given I struggled at first to understand the Aussie accent? But as the saying goes, where there is a will, there is a way and with my open mind I started to look for my way to understand the work culture in Australia.  Initially when I started my interaction with the locals, the only thing I could understand was NO WORRIES... (HAHA) and I used to think will I ever be able to understand the slangs and the accents of the locals?

But as time passed, I started communicating more with people and feeling comfortable in sharing my views and ideas. This helped me gain confidence as well as mingle in the Australian culture. 

The Turning Point in my life

I engaged myself into volunteering activities and I became a mentor for non English speaking students organised by AMES Australia. The purpose of the program was to help immigrants and refugees understand the basics of English Language. This experience triggered my traits of helping others and it prompted me to think about studying Masters in Social work.   

The turning point of my life occurred when I first took the guidance from an educational counsellor at IDP Melbourne. Amrita Chauhan was the counsellor appointed to handle my case at IDP. She not only provided me with the best possible options but also helped me to understand the entire process. When I first met her, I had heaps of questions in my mind as to what will be the impact of changing the course or university on my current visa? Will it create any problem in the future if I wish to apply for my post study work visa and how am I going to extend my visa for my new course and will I be granted an extension or are there any chances for the visa refusal?

My IDP counsellor was kind and patient enough to answer all my queries and helped me choose the course in Social Work after knowing about my interests / goals. She provided me all the relevant information, its English language requirements, its assessment authority and its future relevance to my career and it was at that time I took a sigh of relief and told myself, “Preeti, you are finally in good hands, trust her and go ahead with the change that you have been always keen to explore.”

The memories are still so fresh in my mind as I rightly remember that IDP applied for Master of Social Work at Federation University on December 9, 2016 and I received the offer letter on December 15, 2016. I could not believe that the entire process could be so fast and it is on this day today, 17 March 2019 that I proudly say that I am a qualified Social Worker.

Having done my placements in Mental Health and Community developments has not only helped me grow as a person but has changed my entire vision to view life and what is the role of social workers in bringing a positive change in the life of vulnerable people. I feel that by completing my course, I have given myself a chance to reflect on my views and opinions independently. 

Therefore, I believe that one expert advice to the international students can change their entire outlook on how to proceed forward on their educational journey in this LA LA Land.

Life In Regional Australia

As I started my course at Federation University, Ballarat Campus I decided to move from the hustle bustle of city life and look for a peaceful life at the country side. I moved to Ballan, a small town near Ballarat with only 3000 people in the town. The serenity of the place made me fall in love with it as soon as I moved there. I still reside in Ballan with my husband and 7 year old daughter and regard my decision of experiencing a country life as the most beautiful part been in Australia.

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