Hi! I’m Jiwon from South Korea. I’m 15 years old and in Year 10 now. I arrived in Adelaide and started studying at Henley High at the end of January 2018. I wanted to experience different education system and more suitable environment for me, so I decided to go study abroad. I chose Australia because I have heard many interesting stories about Australia from my relatives who immigrated to here 20 years ago. Therefore, I have always been curious about the Australian culture and I thought Australia is a suitable country for my study abroad.
I wanted to start mainstream studies after completing the ISEC (Intensive English Course), because I thought my English was not enough. So, I took a class with other international students in the ISEC and focused on improving English for two terms. It was great to make new friends from different countries and learn each other’s different cultures. The school teachers (especially the international teachers) were very nice and they always wanted to give us help. Through this course, I was able to improve my English but also many new things such as Australian history and culture. I thought it would have been difficult to adjust to school if I had taken mainstream classes without going through ISEC.
Honestly, I was planning to study abroad here for only one year just to improve my English, but I changed my mind as I went to Henley High. I wanted to study what I really want to learn by following the education program of Henley High School, so I decided to stay here and study at Henley High School until I graduate. It was a tough decision, of course, but I was sure that the education program here would suit me.
When I first arrived in Adelaide, everything seemed new, weird and exciting. I really missed my family and friends in Korea and I still miss them sometimes. I was very nervous to talk to local people in English, and it was always stressful for me. However, I am okay now. I have good friends and homestay family here, and I think if I want to achieve something, I need to be more patient. I also love the nature environment of Adelaide, especially the beach! I can enjoy my spare time by taking walk on the beach with my friends. Adelaide has another attraction than my home city, Seoul.
Studying in another country is a great way to learn new things and it doesn’t only happen in the classroom. I am much more open-minded and independent, and I found myself understanding more about different cultures and people. I really thank my parents for giving me such a great opportunity.
Although my English is not perfect yet and I’m not sure about planning for the future, I’m really enjoying my studies in Adelaide and looking forward to my studying abroad at Henley High School! I really recommend you go study abroad. If you ever get the chance to go and study abroad, please do. You will never regret it. There may be more difficulties than doing well at first. But what I want to say is that all of this will give you valuable lessons and wisdom. Until now, I have never regretted my decision, and I’m sure I will never regret it.