Hi, how are ya? My name is Bastien and I am from Reunion Island, a French island located near Madagascar. I’ve been in Australia for a year, and I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing. Studying in Australia has been a significant and positive influence on my life. It has completely changed me as a person and I am forever grateful for this experience. That is why I will explain to you the 4 Life Lessons that I have learnt in Australia:
- Meet new and many different people
Studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is the perfect opportunity to meet people from all over the world. United-States, Nicaragua, Norway, Japan, Egypt, Papua New-Guinea, etc. People are from everywhere and you’ll miss a massive opportunity to expand your mind and discover new cultures if you choose to only hang out with people from your own country. You probably won’t get along with everybody, but you’ll meet an abundance of beautiful and like-minded people and truly be accepted. No matter where they are from, no matter what their religion, ethnicity, habits or social class are, international students are similar to you in more ways than you think. At the end of the day, we are all here to study and have fun!
2. Do things you are afraid of
At the beginning of my first semester, my marketing teacher told me “The magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone!”. During your Australian journey, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do scary new activities like travelling by yourself, skydiving, talking in front of a crowd, going to a random party and talk to strangers, create online content and driving on the right side of the road. These things have terrified me for years. Now, I am beyond proud to say that I have faced and controlled these fears, and they have made me a brighter, louder and a more confident person because of it.
3. Take care of your physical and mental health
Whether you’re living at Varsity or Unicentral, try to be active every day. Student accommodations provide pools, a volleyball court, and tennis courts. Make the most of these to feel good in your body. If you live in a private unit, you can go for a hike, surf or run in Mooloolaba. 10 to 15 minutes of daily physical activity is enough and keeps the mind healthy. When studying at USC, your courses will also give you enough spare time to cook healthy dishes. Do it. In a few years, your body will thank you. If you need help to maintain your mental health, feel free to reach out the Student Wellbeing, which provides psychologists, social workers and health promotion practitioners services for students. Or if you’re not interested in that, talk to your friends! We are all in this together.
4. Do not waste too much time
The biggest lesson I have learnt in Australia: realise how precious time is. A semester, a year, and even a whole degree abroad, goes by so fast. Especially when you’re in a paradise like Australia. Therefore, I advise you to do what you want as soon as possible. You want to go to the beach? Do it. You want to go for a road trip? Do it. You want to have a night out? Do it. Every day is precious in your Australian adventure, and you won’t have the opportunity to do those things ever again when you’ll be back home. Enjoy every second that you have in Australia, embrace every opportunity, and don’t waste time with what drags you down. Memories are more valuable than any other souvenir you could take home – take pictures, make friends and have the time of your life while studying abroad.
Well, I hope those tips will help you to enhance your abroad experience. Thank you for reading until the end. Enjoy!