My name is Evelina, I am 23 years old, and I am from Sweden. I came to Australia in 2015 to study a Bachelor of Business. I majored in International Business, minored in Marketing and Management, and I graduated in 2018.
I had never been to Australia when I first came here to study, but I could not have been happier with my decision. I was first considering moving to the U.S., but when I found USC in a brochure at the agency (Study Abroad – Gothenburg) that helped me apply to USC, I changed my mind. I was deciding between USC and Griffith, but I fell in love with the idea of having kangaroos on campus. Since I was already nervous about moving from Sweden only 4 weeks after my high school graduation, I also liked that the university wasn’t too big.
I am very happy with my choice of degree as the courses are relevant in today’s society, it is a very broad degree and gives a variety of different career options. I really liked the diversity at the university, and both the staff and students are very friendly and helpful. The degree itself is not the hardest if you only want to pass, but with the right help, support, motivation, and self-discipline, it is more than possible to achieve more than that. With all of that, studying at USC gave me the opportunity to move to Boston in America to do my Master’s Degree in International Business.
Living and studying in Boston was very different from USC. Hult International Business School was a great school, but more focused on solely business, and most people took their studies very seriously. I did not go to a university that had accommodation so I did not get that whole typical college experience that you see in movies, but the school organised a lot of activities so we all grew close very fast, and just like at USC, I made friends for life. One of the main differences for me was that my degree in America was only one year, so it was way more intense, and the study pace was much faster.
What I’ve realised after being a student in both Australia and America is that I like the lifestyle in Australia better. In terms of my future career, I definitely think it will help having a degree from both countries because I feel more confident working with, and for people with different backgrounds and cultural beliefs, which is crucial and something that happens on a daily basis within the field I studied.
Now when I am back on the Sunshine Coast I am working, and I have had a few different jobs since I got back in September 2019. The first job I had when I got back was within the hospitality industry which I only worked at while looking for a job within my field of studies. I then got an office job as a Personal Assistant to the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at a business coaching company. When COVID-19 happened I got laid off and starting working at a vineyard doing hospitality again. Luckily I am now back with the Business Coaching company as my old boss called me and wanted me back.
My future plan is to stay here in Australia for a bit longer and then potentially move back to Sweden. When that happens I don’t know, it all depends on my job and visa situation.
If you are thinking about studying at USC but can’t decide whether or not to do it, I would say do it. What’s the worst thing that can happen? That you don’t like it? So what, you can always go back home, but you won’t know how your experience will be unless you try. Don’t listen to people talking negatively about it, only you can decide what you like and what is best for you. Of course there will be difficult times when you miss your family and friends from home, and when you feel a bit lonely and all you want is a home cooked meal, but there is so many amazing things you get to experience while you are away and you will create memories for life that will be worth more than you can imagine.
Deciding to come to Australia and study at USC has been one of the best decisions in my life. I have met so many amazing people that will be my friends for life, they have come to be my family away from home. There is a reason I came back, Australia has a special place in my heart, and I am so lucky to call Australia my second home.
P.S. If you have decided to study abroad, make sure you make the most out of your time and go experience the country. What I can regret some days is that I most weeks spent 7 days at the library instead of taking time off and being outside and exploring. Life is not all about good grades and a high GPA, it’s also about making friends and crating memories.