I came to Adelaide in 2015 (at the age of 13) and was very intrigued by everything. Since I was lucky enough to have my relatives as my homestay, I was then able to adapt to this new environment very quickly.
In Year 9 and 10, I participated in the school’s netball and tennis team which enabled me to grow physically and mentally as a person. Although netball was a completely new sports for me, I had training sessions and supportive teammates that taught me new skills. Overall, I was able to build up my confidence, social skills where I made lots of new friends, and it was just an incredible way to relieve stress.
I also love hiking with my friends and going to the annual Adelaide Fringe and the Royal Adelaide show. The scenery at Morialta Falls was breathtaking, my friends and I also had a picnic there taking advantage of the beautiful weather.
During year 11, I applied for a volunteer position at a thrift store. Through that, I was able to understand how to operate a shop and help out the community with the money. I met lots of people from different age groups and background which broaden my perspective on this multicultural society.
There were limited choices on school subjects back in Hong Kong since it was most focuses on academic performance. However, I have discovered new interested which is drama, through the school curriculum in Adelaide. I enjoyed drama classes because of the positive and cheerful environment that we have and the opportunity to perform as a class collaboratively.
Nonetheless, being in a country with such diverse and vibrant society, has certainly enhanced my knowledge on different cultures. And I also honed my English speaking and writing skills. Lastly, I would definitely encourage anyone to choose Adelaide for education purpose and I can’t wait to explore this city more in the future.