My name is Kelly. I am a Year 12 student from Hong Kong. I have been studying aboard in Australia for three years. The reason why I chose to study in Australia because I enjoy travelling around the world and get to know different cultures. Studying in Adelaide gave me opportunities to be inter-culturally aware.
As I mentioned I like travelling a lot, Australia is one of the places I visited. But Adelaide was the city that I left out. Before I came to Adelaide, I was very excited to have a life in here.
When I first arrived, I have gone through a period of time where I felt really homesick. I believe that most of the international students found it as a struggle as well. I reckon I am one of the lucky students because I have a loveable homestay family who take care and support me so much which is like another family to me. I need to specifically thank my homestay mum who is one of the most important people in my life. She is not only providing me a lovely home with all her love but also teaching me how to be a better person. All the things she did make me reflect on something that I should be aware of. She is a real inspiration to me.
Also, I have a group of close friends from different countries. Being with them can also help me overcome the pressure I have. I am blessed to have them in my life which make my life in Australia become brilliant. They make me mindful of unique practices from different cultures and make me feel connected to them more.
Moreover, having a true relationship with people is not easy and I am so grateful of building up such a good and healthy relationship with all the host sisters I have ever had within these three years. Even though they were here only for a short time, we still kept in touch and those memories we built up together is always a delightful thing to remind us of.
In conclusion, within these three years, I have grown up a lot from a thoughtless little girl into a mature girl. The experience I had encouraged me to become stronger. I am really thankful to have the opportunity of studying aboard in the other country. I would never become the person I am right now if I have never study aboard.