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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 77 WesTern ausTralIa lessons of lIfe Cheryl Lee, from Singapore, is studying a Bachelor of Mass Communication at Murdoch University. She says that ‘studying in an Australian university is not just about the lectures or the tutorials. It is what you gain from, in my case, the Murdoch experience. People say that life in university is one memory that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. And those people are not wrong. The friends that you meet in school, the activities that you do – these little moments are what define the experience. Also, being in Australia meant going on road trips! I loved the juxtaposition of the cosmopolitan city lifestyle of Perth, yet, a drive out would lead you to the serene outback, the magnificent oceans, the pristine white beaches and amazing rock formations – all of which is unreal to a city girl like me, as I have been living in the concrete jungle, Singapore, all my life. It is definitely an awesome experience.’ Cheryl feels that studying in Australia made her step out of her comfort zone. ‘It has definitely made me grow into the person that I am now,’ she says. ‘I learnt to be independent and it also made me more aware of different cultures other than my own. I realised the importance of being able to adapt to different situations and surroundings. These are the lessons of life. Singapore will always be home, but Australia will always hold a special significance for me.’ As a student, you always need a bit of extra cash! If you are on a student visa, you can work part-time for up to 20 hours per week (and up to 40 hours per week during semester break). This allows you to earn some spending money and become an active member of the community. If you’re not a native speaker, it is also a great way to improve your English. There are ample jobs available in the areas of administration, communications, hospitality, house-keeping, retail and tourism. If extra cash is not a concern, why not volunteer at one of Perth’s numerous charitable organisations or community programs. WA has a fast-growing economy through its provision of energy, precious and base minerals, and agricultural produce. This economic boom has generated thousands of high quality and highly paid jobs. festivals, food and fun Perth is WA’s cultural hub for arts and entertainment, with the city and its surrounds providing the backdrop for festivals and cultural events all year long. Visit the traditional and contemporary art galleries; spend a night of theatre, dance, music, comedy or film; or take advantage of Perth’s amazing weather and enjoy alfresco entertainment. »
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