Macquarie City Campus improves performance and confidence of new students
Sydney, NSW: Macquarie City Campus has shown that its supportive, close-knit community structure plays an essential role in providing a real sense of confidence and motivation to students who are new to Australia.
Undoubtedly, there is a lot for international students to learn when they first arrive in Australia to pursue an education. The small class size model and dedicated staff who provide exceptional student support, gives international students not only the academic help they need to succeed, but also the guidance they need to integrate into the larger community and better understand Australian culture.
Thi Huong Thao Tran studied her Master of Accounting at Macquarie City Campus, and has made lots of progress since her orientation session. “When you arrive, you don’t know anything, but you get the immediate sense of being part of a family at the City Campus. Once they take away that stress of not knowing things, you can relax and focus on your studies.”
Tran says she has been spoiled by the personalised learning environment and has been able to perform at her best. “Our lecturers are accessible in a way they are not at the main campus,” says Tran. “They are always available and willing to help.”
Tran is also involved with “Carpets for Communities”, a non-profit organisation that empowers mothers of poor families in Cambodia to earn an income using recyclable materials. The money raised is reinvested in education and agriculture in these communities, the knowledge of which motivates Tran to work hard. Tran’s fundraising efforts were supported directly by Nathan Asher, the campus director. “I never believed the director himself would help, but he got involved right away,” says Tran. “Nothing is impossible.”
Tran was chosen to represent Macquarie City Campus at the International Student Conference in Adelaide last year, where she discussed common issues faced by international students and learned first-hand how the community atmosphere at the campus addressed these issues and removed those initial doubts.
“The team at the City Campus wants you to reach your potential and will encourage you to be proactive and get involved. All the values and knowledge I’ll take away from here will continue to support me throughout my future career.”