Amy, China: Youth Leadership Summit Australia Representative

(This is a translation of a Chinese article and interview. Read the original here.)

 

The only representative of Australia at the United Nation Asia-Pacific Headquarters Youth Leadership Summit was a 17-year-old Chinese student. Amy, a 17- year-old international student, is the sole and youngest representative of Australia invited to participate in the United Nations Youth Symposium at the United Nations Asia-Pacific Headquarters Youth Leadership Summit in 2019. She has also been invited to attend the 2020 Global Model United Nations Summit for Youth and the 4th Asia World Model United Nations Summit this year. Amy was recruited by EIC Education Group in 2017 as an international student to study in South Australian Government Schools. What made her achieve such a success and how did she go with her study and living in Australia? This is her story:

Xiao Qi: Hello Amy, as a student recruited by EIC, would you please say hello to your EIC buddies here?

Amy: Hello everyone! My name is Amy, I came to Adelaide, South Australia in 2017 through the help of EIC Shanghai Office. I am a Year 12 student at Glenunga International High School doing the International Baccalaureate Program. I am very happy to share my study and living experience with you, and I hope this will help you understand how I integrated in local culture and coped with my study in a new environment.

Xiaoqi: What do you think are the attractions of Australia? And why did you choose South Australia as your study destination?

Amy: What fascinated me most about Australia, and especially Adelaide, is its cultural diversity, its friendly people and the quality education. Adelaide is a very beautiful and peaceful city, with people from all different cultural backgrounds. I really hope that Adelaide will get more attention and from more people.

I highly recommend Adelaide because it has very warm, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, as well as a beautiful environment. I think this is an excellent learning and living environment. I always promote South Australia and my school in various ways, including acting as a student leader and student ambassador, and speaking at various international conferences. I thank EIC for helping me to be admitted by South Australian Government School, and I thank my school, Glenunga International High School, and International Education Services for the support they provided to me.

Xiaoqi: Can you give us a brief introduction about your school, Glenunga International High School?

Amy: My school, Glenunga International High School, is one of the largest public high schools in South Australia. Currently, the students in my school come from 76 different countries or cultural backgrounds. Academically my school ranks among the top ones in the state.

Our school encourages each student to develop their potential to become international-minded citizens with creative thinking skills. Excellence, opportunity, international mindedness and harmony are the four key values of our school and a goal for students to achieve. Students are encouraged to pursue the best individual learning outcomes, as well as to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development, and never give up their aspirations lightly. Students are also encouraged to seize every opportunity to achieve success in each subject, and value their own creativity and abilities.

Glenunga International High School provided me with a lot of academic and extracurricular activities, which enabled me to explore my potential and to offer help to others. I have learned four important skills at my school, which are collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

We now live in a global era, and we need to have a global perspective. We need to understand and embrace cultural diversity, work with people from different cultural backgrounds, and respect each other. This is what I have learned from Glenunga International High School, and from living in Adelaide.

Xiaoqi: As a student from China, how did you settle into a new study and living environment? Have you encountered any learning difficulties?

Amy: I remember when I first came to Australia with my mother three years ago, I was only 15 years old. Being far away from my friends, from my family and from China, I found that I could barely communicate with local people here. Not only did I have to adapt myself to a new life, but I also had to face many cultural shocks. For example, when I first came to Glenunga International High School, I knew almost nothing. I felt like an outsider with classmates who had been in this environment for two or three years. You can imagine my stress in a totally new country and a new school. I worked very hard to learn a lot of new English words day and night, these words were ranging from geography to history and to culture, which enabled me to settle into the new life.

Xiaoqi: Can you share with us how you integrated into Australian study and life, and how did you achieve such a success?

Amy: In order to quickly integrate into the local community, I did some in-depth research about the local culture and seized each opportunity provided by my school. I also became an active member of the student council. In order to change some stereotypes of Asian girls, I participated in many drama activities and public speaking. This not only helped me to become a more active person but also made people more aware of the significance of multiculturalism. In addition, many of my roles as a committee member of the student council (a part-time worker, a volunteer, a saleswoman, a waiter in restaurant cleaning dishes etc.,) all helped me to have a deeper understanding of the local people. From doing these things I learnt how to make a living and to live independently.

I am also a volunteer of the Aboriginal Marathon Organisation. I participated in various activities, such as the three-kilometre the Colour Run and a 6000 meters run, raising money to support water resources. I raised more than $5,000 for these organisations.  I recently worked as an intern in a Chinese-Western restaurant to further improve my overall skills so that I will be able to firm my foothold in this era of rapidly developing society.

In short, participating in various activities enabled me to have a better understanding of local society and a deeper connection with locals. These opportunities helped me develop my skills and abilities. In the meantime, I also positively influenced the local community. All these activities helped me to set a great milestone in my life and to engage globally.

Xiaoqi: You have won StudyAdelaide’s Academic Excellence Achievement for International Students awarded by the Governor of South Australia, his Excellency the honourable Hieu Van Le AC in 2019. Can you tell us how you won this award?

Amy: I am currently doing the International Baccalaureate Diploma course at my school. My GPA has always been above 13 or 14 points, which is equivalent to full A-grade. In addition, I won rewards for multiple subjects every semester.

I also participated in various math competitions. My team was awarded the best team in the 2019 Math Night for all South Australian public high schools. I also won the first and second prize for two consecutive years in the Australian National High School Math Competition.

This award is not only based on one’s academic study result but also takes into consideration the contributions one has made to his or her school. Such as leadership in school, or participation in extracurricular activities. I have acted as a student leader for three years, I helped a lot my school mates, especially new arrivals. I also acted as a companion of overseas visitors and students’ parents when they took a tour at my school and helped them understand the subjects and programs my school offered. As a student leader I also organised various activities for students to enrich their school life, such as the International Week.  My committee has made great contributions to our school and our efforts were acknowledged. My contributions also helped me win the Champion for International Mindedness.

I was invited to attend the 2019 Australian Youth Leadership Summit, speaking on behalf of young people from Asian countries to bring closer relations between countries. I was also invited to make a speech at the launch of a video, Voice of Students, for Chinese international students. This made me see a big picture of the world and how we should face the problems in front of us. I believe all these activities increased my chance to win this award.

Xiaoqi: As far as we know, the award was given to students from 13 countries. How do you feel to win the award as a Chinese international student?

Amy: Of course I am very proud. However, I don’t feel it is just owed to my own efforts, but also to my school. I thank EIC for referring South Australian Government Schools to me.

Xiao Qi: We also know that, last year you were invited to attend the 7th United Nations Asia-Pacific Headquarters Youth Leadership Summit in Bangkok, and you were the youngest and the only representative of Australia. Tell us about this.

Amy: First of all, it is a great honour to be selected as the sole and youngest Australian youth representative for attending this Summit.

The initiative of this project is to create as many employment opportunities as possible for young people and disabled people in rural areas, and to allow more children to be able to access education. In some areas, other than the limited income from the rice fields, local farmers and housewives often have no other source of income. Through implementation of our plan and measures for them, we expect that their income will be able to lift to above the average level and to sustain for a certain period.

There are dozens of children in an area called Bang SaKae who cannot afford school education, we aim to help them to fulfil their dreams to receive education. We presented the local principal more than 100 cards in English to let the students have an opportunity to “experience” the charm of different cultures. In addition, this is also an environmental protection project. For example, we use local honey and grapefruit skin to make a new product, hand-soap, which is good for people’s heart and skin.

The plan for the next ten years of this project has been presented to many entrepreneurs of major United Nations member countries, with visualised presentations and displays of physical objects, who have unanimously voted this project as one of the successful business activities that can help to achieve the goal of sustainable development. The product is packed with a QR code, which enables people to view the Facebook homepage of Bang SaKae, hence increasing the public awareness of the area.

We aim to bring Bangkok closer to the international market through this project, and help to export the world’s best grapefruit from Bang SaKae to Australia. We also aim to overcome the language barrier and to help with cultural exchange as well as economic growth. This is a carefully selected collaboration project of the Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange and the United Nations in Bangkok. We expect this project will help to generate more than THB10, 000 annually, which will be evaluated in 2030.

Xiaoqi: As a Chinese student, how did you win this opportunity to become the only representative of Australia?

Amy: The program was originally meant to be open for people aged 18 to 30, with an average age of 24. I submitted the application to the official UN web-site, followed by submitting my resume and answering questions. I finally got the opportunity for a face-to-face interview. I overcame all the difficulties on the way and was selected from over 8,000 applicants to be the sole, 17-year-old representative for Australia.

Xiaoqi: From what I have just heard, I understand that the major benefit from you studying with South Australian Government School, Glenunga International High School, is you have developed an international perspective, am I right?

Amy: Yes. And through my participation in the UN Asia-Pacific Headquarters Youth Summit, I learned that there are so many people in this world who need help. Although I am just a high school student, I really want to be closer to them, to not only enjoy the natural scenes in remote areas, but to also deepen my understanding of their culture, their life and their needs. I hope I can truly be in their shoes, and use what I have learned to help them to fulfil their dreams as much as possible.

We didn’t have any budget at all for this project, from searching for materials to making and forming my plan, from collecting samples to marketing, it is all from our own pockets. We gave all our hard work and the good outcome, including the product and brand, for free to help the people of Bang SaKae. As a student, the biggest gift that I can give, perhaps, is my warm support and my knowledge, and the best return or reward to me is the beautiful smiles of their children.

My Chinese name Shi Yu was given to me by my mother, which doesn’t seem to be a name for a girl, neither does it have a sense of romance or trendiness. However, it implies to ‘give-up’ and not expect anything in return, as the Chinese character Shi-Yu carries. I am willing to devote my whole life to practice why my parents gave me this name. I feel I am already a member of Bang SaKae, which is the third home for me after China and Australia.

Xiaoqi: To finish our conversation, can I ask any suggestions you have for other prospective Chinese international students?

Amy: Never hesitate to showcase yourself, to showcase the best-side of yourself and your full confidence. Never stop your steps for self-development, despite the language barrier. There is no boundary for personal growth, your achievement depends on where you believe you can stand and how far you can reach out. So never look down on yourself, everyone can be their best selves. If others can, why can’t you? And remember, don’t let the world change you, but you can change the world.

 

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Hina, Japan

Hello, my name is Hina Moriya. I’m from Japan and studying at the Golden Grove High School for 10 months.

I was nervous to come here as it was my first time to go abroad and leave my family for a long time. But now, I am glad that Adelaide was the city to stay for this studying abroad. Adelaide has lots of beautiful spots and people. When I landed here, everyone was friendly and welcoming for me; which is the reason why I have never felt lonely. Also, I can see plenty of different cultures here. People in Australia has different cultural background, and this is interesting for me because most people in Japan have same cultural background.

There are so many nice teachers and students at school and I’ve made a lot of friends there. They always try to understand me and kind to me so that I could spend a wonderful time with them. What I enjoy the most at school is the Dance lessons which is the subject I cannot chose in a Japanese school. We’re going to have another performance soon so I’m very excited for that.

I am staying here with the wonderful host family who always helping me and bring happiness for me. I cannot thank them enough because they have spent time with me as much as they could. They took me to many sight spots in Adelaide. I hugged koala, feed kangaroos, went to the show, and eat many kinds of delicious foods with them. I could know what the Australian culture is through homestay.

I’m really enjoying studying in Adelaide and I will miss all the people I’ve met here. It was not only the hardest and challenging year but also the best year ever. All the time I’ve spent here with beautiful people are unforgettable memories for me and I will never forget!

 

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Haru, Japan

Hi everyone, my name is Haru Yamagiwa and I am a year 11 international student from Japan. I have been studying at Seaview High School for almost two years and will graduate next year. During this time I have had a lot of precious experiences and realized many differences in the culture, lifestyle and behaviors. I have been studying hard and my results are pretty good.I love the teachers and the support at Seaview High School because they helped me a lot such as checking my draft many times so I get good results and talking about my country when I feel homesick. It was actually hard to understand English at first, but my friends, teacher and host family helped me a lot.

My host family are from Norway and they are really nice. They love to go outdoors and I have had such amazing experiences and appreciated the beautiful Australian culture and nature, bush walking and the beach.

I also stayed with a temporary host family for just 5 weeks, which I really enjoyed. They are beautiful family and I felt time flies too quickly. I went to a few places here in SA with them, including the Whispering Wall, The Herbig Tree, the Melbas Chocolate Factory, the Toy Factory and Monarto Zoo. I enjoy  ed movie nights, dog-walking and driving with nice music. They are from England and I was really interested in cultural and trivial differences.

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Chihiro, Japan

I still clearly remember when I first arrived in Australia. It was 46 degrees, which was the hottest day ever in Adelaide. Firstly, I was surprised about completely different whether between Australia and Japan. At the same time, I was wondering how would be my host family, how my school life would be… Now, I am having absolutely amazing time here in Adelaide.

I am studying at Seaton High School, and there are many differences from my Japanese school. In my PLP (Personal learning plan) class, all the students have to do work experience for a week. I did my work experience at International Education Services (IES) office. It was good opportunity to learn about how IES works for the International student and homestay family in South Australia.

On the weekends, I go out with my friends or host mates. In winter, it is the season of Australian football. I went to the Adelaide Oval to see the football match for few times. I have many favourite places in Adelaide, especially I really like to go to the beach. In Adelaide, there are so many beautiful beaches such as Henley, Glenelg, Moana, Semaphore and so on. I often go to Henley beach to see the sunset. With host family, I went to many places, and they made me experience a lot. One of my best memory is to went to Sydney trip and spent a weekend at the holiday house in front of the beach.

Since I came to Australia, I experienced so many things that I cannot do in Japan, and I am so thankful to everyone who supporting me. All the experiences in Australia is unforgettable memories and I will come back to my second hometown one day!

Chihiro

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Finja, Germany

I´m Finja, I´m 15 years old and I´m from Germany. And I was here in Australia from January 2018 to June 2018. And the Seaford Secondary College and the people here made this time for me unforgettable and absolutely amazing.

I still know exactly how nervous and excited and also a bit scared I was on my first day at this school, but teachers and students were really nice and friendly to me and there was no reason for me to be scared. And when I had any questions, Mr. Pearce and Ms Wedding were always there for me and the other international students. And when I changed my homestay family they always helped me and made this as easy as possible for me. Generally, I never felt like I was alone. There was always someone I could talk to. And also the teachers were always nice to me and they helped me a lot when I had questions or when I couldn´t understand something. And so it came, that I never felt uncomfortable at school.

And there were also many other great things I experienced with the school. For example, we went snorkeling and surfing in Port Noarlunga almost every Wednesday in Term 1. Both are things I never tried before in my life and I´m happy, that the school made this possible for me. And it is an unbelievable feeling to stand up on your surfboard for the first time. That was one of many moments I probably would have never experienced without this school. Another beautiful moment was the day we were in a wildlife park with the other exchange students and two of the teachers and could see kangaroos and koalas for the first time. And the day we went to Hahndorf was another great day. All of this and also a lot of other things have made my time in Australia to an unforgettable time for me.

And this time ran so fast. It feels like yesterday for me, when I walked nervously into this school for the first time, but it is already six months ago and I wish I could stay for a bit longer. I remember the first day when Adam told me, that nobody says goodbye without tears and that nobody leaves Australia without crying. And I can say, that he was right. I made so many new friends  and I made a lot of great experiences. And if I look back to my time in Australia, it was just amazing and in the beginning I didn´t think, that it would be so hard to say goodbye to all the amazing people and this amazing country.

And if I would ever have the choice, to which school I´m going, again, I would always choose the Seaford Secondary College, because I just felt really comfortable here and that school was one of the reasons that my time here was amazing and I that I will never forget this.

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Jingyang, China

I have stayed in Australia for two years, many things happened during this time. I have experienced a fantastic life in Australia and made lots of new friends. Some of them are Chinese, some of them are from different countries. Of course I have made lots of Australian friends too, they are all friendly and nice. I like to learn about other countries cultures and histories and I like Australia’s culture pretty much. Here, let me tell you something about the experience I had in Australia.

The school life in Australia is happy and fun. School starts at 8:45am and finishes at 3:00pm. Students have chances to choose their favourite subjects and enough time to do their own things. Not like the school life in China, students nearly have no time for play or fun. In Australia, I even have a chance to take part into a science competition and win a reward. Australia students only have three lessons in a day and one for one and a half hours. There is a recess between first and second lesson and a lunch time in the afternoon. In China, students have 8 or 9 lessons a day which is different from Australia. School has canteen, there are plenty of delicious food there for sale. I often go there and buy food with my friends.

My favourite place in Australia is Hahndorf. It is a quiet and beautiful place with lots of interesting shops and buildings. I feel relaxing and comfortable when I go there, the air is fresh, the environment is clear and tidy. I would like to live there when I am getting old.

Because the study in Australia is not that busy, I have time for my own things. In my free time, I like going to boxing gym or drawing pictures. Through the boxing, I have made many Australian friends and also improved my English speaking skills.

Australia has many traditional foods, for example lamington. It is like a cake covered by chocolate and coconut, it tastes very sweet but I like it. I often eat it as breakfast or after school at home. It has became one of my favorite food in Australia. Another food I want to talk about is vegemite. It was the weirdest food I have ever tried in Australia so I remembered it clearly. It tastes very sour and dry, some people do not like it but some people do. For me, I prefer choosing any other Jam, but it is still a new food I try in Australia.

The State library in Adelaide is the coolest classical library I have ever seen. It looks like an old castle, I would describe it as the college Hogwarts in Harry Potter. I have a feeling of solemnity when I walk into there, it is like a time travel to the past time. There are many old books in this library.They are all precious documentaries which we cannot borrow. Sometimes, I go there with my friend and study together. I think studying in this way can improve the efficiency of my study.

My life in Australia is colourful and enjoyable. I have plenty of time to do my own things and have chance to study other cultures. Besides, there are so many splendid buildings and sightseeing for me to see. Therefore, I think Australia is definitely a wonderful place for people to study or living into.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Harley, Vietnam

Hello everyone! I am Harley, an international student from Vietnam. On the tenth of July 2017, I took my first long flight to Australia and my new journey started…

I chose Adelaide as my place to study in Australia because I knew this is a learning city and there are many interesting places and good schools. Fortunately, this nice city has proved that my decision was right. Although it was hard at the beginning but I didn’t give up. Now I have overcome all difficulties.

I first arrived to Henley High school in term 3 of 2017 and went into the ISEC course for that whole term. My school journey might be a bit different from others as I was moved to my second school which was Adelaide Secondary School of English because English was a tricky challenge for me. There, I found it easier to get into English and met some amazing friends and teachers. Besides, my English has improved from there as I used a lot of different ways to develop my skills as much as I could such as watching movies, communicating, learning vocabulary and practicing my pronunciation.

In term 3 last year, I finally finished my intensive English course and returned to Henley High school. I was no longer scared and shy. My confidence literally increased and I even earned more knowledge to go into mainstream classes. Studying in the South Australian Government School has provided me the opportunity to go on many helpful excursions which I have never had in Vietnam. Therefore, I’ve approached and learnt about Australian culture and discovered some attractive places.

My favourite things in Australia are the beach and winter… I know this sounds insane but it’s true, I mean I love winter which I’ve never had in Vietnam and the beach is my favourite place to go whenever I have my spare time or sadness. Coincidentally, Australian beaches are really beautiful and ‘friendly’. Furthermore, there’s a centre in the city with Asian foods and drinks in plenty called China Town. I often go there when I miss Vietnamese foods.

During the holiday, I often go out with my friends to many places. Rundle mall is the best choice for us to go shopping and chill out. Otherwise, we have been on some excursions to Hallett Cove, Zoo, Adelaide hills and Dolphin Tour which were incredible and unforgettable. As I went to many new places and met new people, I gained more experiences and fun that would make my life interesting.

One more difficulty that I’ve suffered through is homesickness. However, I’ve overcome it as I have always been positive and able to call my parent every week as well as go back home when I finish the school year. I spent a lot of my time to go to the library to study and complete my assignments. In my opinion, studying alone helps me create the ability in solving all problems and not to lean on others even sometimes it pushes me to the extreme to try my best. My homestay in Australia is my aunt who treats me good I live in her house with her family and they are friendly and nice to me.

After two years living in Adelaide, I realise this is an amazing city to study in, live in and travel as well. I had seriously decided to move to Sydney once but this stunning city kept me back. I love the nice weather, easygoing people and especially the clearest air. That is my fascinating journey, let me hear about yours!

 

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Khai, Vietnam

Who am I? I am Khai (pronounced as “Kai”, written as “the most amazing boy”

Where am I from? Take a guess! I speak Vietnamese by the way.

Which school am I studying? Henley High School, duh..

Why Adelaide? Apart from the fantastic experience, premium education, and convenient transportation, Adelaide offers me multicultural cuisine, lovely friendliness, and breathtaking scenery. I think that is enough reason to love this place.

 

OCTOBER:

This was the day I came to Australia. Since I have never been here before, I could not sleep due to excitement. My host mother was at the airport and she was the first person I knew in Australia. I met the other members after and immediately felt a warm welcome from this new country. My journey starts here.

NOVEMBER:

Before undertaking the mainstream classes, I had to finish an Intensive English course. I am grateful as this course gave me friends and opportunities to go on excursions to understand more about Adelaide.

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Cleland Wildlife Park

 

DECEMBER:

The school year would be nearly finished in December and most of my friends went back to their country. I decided to stay for Christmas because I wanted to experience the Australian Christmas. Another reason was that the Christmas Pageant in the previous month was so popular that I got curious.

To be honest, I did not enjoy the Pageant much but I did enjoy the Christmas Eve and the Christmas Day. I went to my host parents’ parents’ place and it brought me the feeling of a family.

My host brother Charlie (right) and my host sister Tiana (left) under the Christmas tree.

 

JANUARY:

This was the most boring part of the year when I had so much free time while the others did not. In exchange, I could go out to explore Adelaide. I have a tempting stomach so I could not resist these organic masterpieces.

Loukoumades (Greek)
Bunch of beef (German) sorry I don’t know the name!
Crepe (French)

 

FEBRUARY:

New school year started. I had to cope with running between my locker and classes because we did not do that in Vietnam.Despite that, Australian education provides flexibility in learning and it has given me more free time since I came here.

My first achievement

 

My subjects

 

MARCH:

Now that I got used to my new school life, I had more free time. March was the time for trips.

Botanic Gardens (Mt Lofty)

 

Bambunga Pink Lake (should be pink)

 

APRIL:

A half of April was school holiday and my parents came to visit. Their stay was 2 weeks but it was like 2 days to me. In spite of that, I am grateful for my parents being here. To make their first trip abroad unforgettable, we went to Melbourne and for the second time, I was stunned by Australia.

The 12 Apostles

 

Whispering Walls, Barossa. My Dad, my Mum and me.

 

MAY:

New term started and I realized the holidays had passed before I could blink. However, the thing I cared most was that May is the month a handsome angel was born and this was the first May he spent in another country. His new family celebrated a small birthday party for him and he was appreciative of that.

I APPRECIATE THE TIME YOU GUYS SPENT TO READ, HERE ARE SOME TIPS WHEN GOING ABROAD!

The most important thing is internet, remember to get it as soon as possible when you are settling in.

Trust your instinct.

Do NOT be afraid of speaking English if you want to make Aussie friends. If you are afraid, you had better train your English before going abroad.

Ok! What are you waiting for? Let’s go abroad!

 

 

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Victoria, Vietnam

My name is Victoria. I come from Ho Chi Minh city which is the most popular and biggest city in Vietnam. As an international student, it’s such a pleasure for me to come to Australia and study at Blackwood HIgh School, and I really appreciate the opportunity.

The reason I’m standing here to talk to you all, is to share with you, my experience as an International student here.

On the first day I came to Australia, I felt frightened and nervous about how Australia would be different from my country. I was surprised that there were few scooters on the street like in my country. More than that, in my country we drive cars on the right-hand side of the road, but in Adelaide you drive on the left side of the road. Besides that, the education system here is the biggest difference from my country.

You cannot imagine how hard it was when I had to study thirteen subjects every week in Vietnam, then I had to take extra class every night. I had no time to rest or play outside my study, where here in Adelaide we have more work, life, balance. In Adelaide, I feel much better and more relaxed now, and I also love to study more than in Vietnam.

Naturally, there are still times that I miss my family and really feel like I have an opportunity to come here to Adelaide to study, and also represent my family, my country and I wish to make a good impression, that we are good people. So I keep myself motivated and always tell myself that I can and will do it, no matter how difficult it will be at times, but I will be brave and try my best to pass.

Thanks to all the teachers from last year and this year, thank you for your help and support in my schooling. To all my classmates, friends and friends of friends, who always assist me with my school work and life lessons. Because of my shyness & lack of confidence, we probably didn’t talk too much, but thank you for your priceless kindness and positivity you share with me.

Many overseas students are afraid of speaking English as we do not wish to make a mistake. So, it sometimes seems we do not wish to talk, when actually we are just too scared to speak English. Please be patient with us, we are trying!

As I am becoming more confident, I’d like to make more friends, and I wish all of you will do the same. There is so much we can all learn from each other. We are willing to build special friendships with you all and I wish that you will become a part of my friendship group in the future.

Thank you.

 

 

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Carolina, Italy

My experience in Adelaide is really good and I can’t believe it’s been five months since I arrived. I love Australia, I love the beaches and the weather. Thanks to this experience I met many other exchange student from other countries like Brazil, Japan, Chile, Germany… I have visited many things: Adelaide, beaches, zoo, botanic garden, the university, Granite Island, Mount Lofty, Windy Point… They are all beautiful places and I saw beautiful sunsets over the sea.

My school, Seaford Secondary College, is different from my Italian school, but I like it. My teachers are kind and they helped me to understand when I was confused and given advice. Thanks to the school I got to take surfing lessons, but also to take part in lessons different than Italian subjects, like food, dance, drama… In this picture I was doing a cinema course with other students.

I tried many kinds of different foods and some I like, but others don’t. My favorite is pasta penne with mozzarella, tomato sauce and chicken cooked in the oven. My host parents often do it for dinner. Last month I turned 18 and my host family organized a small party for my birthday. During the two weeks of vacation I went to Melbourne with my host family and my host sisters from Germany and Japan.

Initially I was kinda scared to leave because I would have gone to a country where I didn’t know anyone, but from the first day everyone was very kind and made me feel comfortable.

I love to do this experience and I love to live in Australia.

Carolina

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