My experience living on campus: International Students.

482556_10201147592392241_1368680698_n.jpg2011, the year that changed my perspective on everything all at once.

I had just turned 18, left home, learnt how to do my own washing and started living with complete randoms all in the span of a week. For the first semester of my Undergrad, I lived on campus, well to be fair I lived on campus for three years, but it was the first semester that was to shape them all. I lived on a floor that consisted of 8 people from various locations around the world Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Norway, England, Japan and Australian. I learnt quickly how different we all were to one another, but it was an extremely enriching experience.I learnt so much from these people I had only just meant than I did from anyone in the first 18 years of my life. For example, the International Student from Malaysia was an amazing cook, but he was also a Police Officer, with a young family back home a wife, a little boy and a new born little girl. He came to Australia to get a better education both for himself and his family.

206684_2020048301166_311185_nI lived on a floor that consisted of 8 people from various locations around the world Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Norway, England, Japan and Australian. I learnt quickly how different we all were to one another, but it was an extremely enriching experience.I learnt so much from these people I had only just meant than I did from anyone in the first 18 years of my life. For example, the International Student from Malaysia was an amazing cook, but he was also a Police Officer, with a young family back home a wife, a little boy and a new born little girl. He came to Australia to get a better education both for himself and his family.

I learnt so much from these people I had only just meant than I did from anyone in the first 18 years of my life. For example, the International Student from Malaysia was an amazing cook, but he was also a Police Officer, with a young family back home a wife, a little boy and a new born little girl. He came to Australia to get a better education both for himself and his family.

Although the Australian Government is extremely backwards in a lot of areas, we have access to pretty good Education schemes, from HECS to Centrelink, these things so many of us take for granted. But International students often do not have the leisure of having these opportunities without sacrificing something such as being with their family. Australian Federal Government has also ruled out offering further assistance to overseas students, stating that we have very generous work rights for the International student being allowed to work up to 20 hours a week, and would not be offering any concessions to International students (Vinales 2016).

“[It’s a] huge shock, because I’m from Penang Malaysia, which we have street food and we just have food everywhere and super cheap, and coming here everything is just expensive,” (Vinales 2016). This is so true, I would often speak to International students and discuss how expensive Australia is compared to most parts of the world. I honestly believe that International students more times than not work hard than a lot of domestic students and bring so much to our Universities not just financially.

I found living with a diverse group of people who were all so different culturally, emotionally and physically, allowed me to mature and grow both emotionally and mentally.  The experience, the conversation and interactions allowed me to see the world with new eyes.

Reference:

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s