I believe there are three major values of study in Australia.
Firstly, the more you made an effort, the more you gain because the education system is totally different from one in Japan. For example, enrolment to a university is determined by the results of final examinations and the results of assignments and periodic examinations in the same proportion. I believe it is very fair for students.
Secondly, I have opportunities that I can understand other cultures. I have not completely understood “Oz” accents or proverbs but I believe it is important to acknowledge the culture here. In addition I have friends from other countries such as Hong Kong and Vietnam and it is also a good experience. Therefore these experiences would be useful when I work with people from different background in the future.
Finally, I have realised goodness and badness of Japan. For example, I can see how ridiculous the Japanese politicians and some selfish people are from news. On the other hand, it is precious that Japan has four beautiful seasons and nice healthy foods. Typical Japanese humanity such as integrity and honesty is also very important to communicate and work with others in the world.
I had to give up some things to come and study in Australia but I gained more things. I hope my experience and study will lead me to the better future.
Takaaki, Glenunga International High School, University of Adelaide, Honours Science (Chemistry)