What made you choose Australia as your educational destination?
It was just random choice and I follow the crowd. As there were so many students, including my friends coming to Australia, I felt like trying it myself. I gave it a shot and I feel that I was lucky to get it through.
As a student, what were the major challenges you had experienced at th
I had to go through everything that a student in a new country has to go through. The new environment was overwhelming yet adjusting to a totally different culture was a challenge. There was language barrier as English is not my first language. Time management was another big challenge as I had to maintain my attendance in class, study and at the same time work for a living. Even after working so much, there were times when I had financial crisis, especially when I had to pay my fees.
Was there a time you messed up and felt like you’d failed? How did you bounce back turning all those adversities into opportunities?
I had to struggle a lot but I never felt like I failed. When I first came to Australia, I was mentally prepared to work and overcome any obstacles that came on my path. I guess I became stronger with experience. I had always positive attitude to reach to my goal.
How did you learn to embrace risk-taking?
Positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me. I have taken lots of risks in my life, coming to Australia was one of them. Staying positive has helped me embrace taking risk and get through it.
What was your defining moments (Pre/Post Journey as a student)? Like an incident, experience or an action that have Impacted your values and beliefs and steered you throughout your life’s journey and defined your personalities, and your outlook of life.
I have struggled like every person who has come to Australia from a different country. But in my case, my struggle and all the experience I have acquired, I have taken it as my lesson. The struggle you’re in today is developing strength for tomorrow.
Think back to 10 years ago. Did you envision your career as it is today?
Yes, I had always envisioned myself working as a nurse. The struggle did, the challenges I went through has paid off and I am proud of what I have become.
What is the most memorable and worst incident in Australia?
The most memorable moment for me was working as a cleaner in a shopping Centre. I learnt a great life lesson that day, no job is big or small. I have taken all my experience as a life lesson so there aren’t any worst experience as such.
What is your secret recipe for a successful Student and professional life?
I wouldn’t say it’s a secret recipe as I’m sure everyone knows it. I was always a positive person, even if I had a hardship I tried to take it as a life lesson and learn from it rather than getting depressed by it. I was hardworking and grateful towards what I had at that time.
As a mentor, what are the suggestions you would like to give to the new students?
1. Always have positive attitude.
2. Do not let yourself down or give up on your dream just because you have to struggle, everyone has to.
3. Respect your dream and work hard.
4. Try to spend more time around positive people and have strong friend circle.