The first time I stepped on-campus at USQ Toowoomba, it was to attend a career seminar. It was at this seminar that I met my now-supervisor, who gave me the knowledge and motivation I needed to apply to study a PhD in engineering.
Although my husband and I moved to Australia as permanent residents, it took a while for us to get settled in this new country.
When we first arrived in Australia, we lived with a family in Toowoomba we had been emailing, until we found a place of our own. We now live 5 minutes from USQ’s Toowoomba campus in a small community of people who also speak Latin American, which is nice.
Finding a community of people who spoke and understood our cultural values so far from home was a blessing, especially because when we first arrived, my husband could only speak very limited English.
Now that we have been living in Australia for over two years, it would be good to have more contact with locals. Because I’ve been so busy studying, working and looking after my young son, I haven’t had the opportunity to fully take advantage of on-campus uni events or to become more fully integrated into the Australian community.
What I miss most about Colombia, apart from my friends and family, is the food.
If you’re thinking about moving overseas to study, these are my top 8 tips:
- If you have a goal, you need to go for it.
- Erase the idea that this is going to be easy because it’s not. You will have tough days, bad days, but you will get through them and it will be worth it.
- It’s important to find a good supervisor and to develop a strong relationship. You are likely to encounter difficulties during your degree, and your supervisor should be able to help you work around difficulties. For example, by giving you more time on an assignment or letting you work flexible hours so that you can work as well as study.
- If you need support, ask for it.
- If you think about all the negatives or worry about what could go wrong, you will never get anywhere. Prepare for the worst, but just get started!
- Use all the resources you have available to you.
- It is only you who is responsible for your work, not your lecturer or supervisor. You can’t rely on others to do everything for you.
- You need to be self-disciplined to study independently. In order to achieve study success. You need to have the ability to anticipate and solve problems on your own because you can’t always rely on others for help.