I am an international student from the Philippines studying the Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting, at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast. I moved to Australia last year, and so far, it has been one of the best decisions I have made.
I chose to study in Australia because it offered more opportunities and I love the Gold Coast area because it’s near the beach - who doesn’t love the beach? When I am stressed with uni stuff I just go to the beach, sit there, and relax. Another thing I love about the Gold Coast is the weather is similar to the Philippines. Although there is a winter season here, it’s not extremely cold which is good because I would really have a hard time transitioning to that. People always ask me why I chose the Gold Coast instead of Sydney or Melbourne, and I told them life here is not too hectic and it is laid back - unlike life in the city where everything is fast paced. The Gold Coast environment helps me relax and calm down whenever I am stressed with anything.
I chose Southern Cross University because I love their location - it’s just a few minutes’ walk to the beach and the class sizes. And the class sizes are just another reason to choose SCU; not too crowded so you can really connect with classmates and the lecturer.
At first, it was really hard to adjust, especially since I didn’t have any relatives with me. I learned how to be independent and how to manage not just my money but also my time. I am currently working while studying so I need to manage my time wisely so I complete my assessments on time. It is quite difficult to study and work because I was not used to working while studying but through this I learned how to plan and manage my time wisely. I am still learning how to manage my social life, uni life, and work without forgetting to take care of myself too. When my mom visited me at the Gold Coast, she said I have improved a lot especially in terms of priorities and she was pleased about that. She was also pleased I am not just learning things from my uni subjects but also things that can’t be taught within the four walls of the classroom.