Shiyun felt timid upon her arrival in Australia. She had travelled from China to study a 3-year degree in Business, majoring in International Business and Marketing, at the University of Newcastle. But as time went by, she nestled into her new life abroad, growing in confidence the more and more she spoke with locals and classmates.
When her classes moved online due to COVID, the professors kept the classes lively by incorporating group discussions. This gave Shiyun the chance to keep communicating and practicing her English.
“The atmosphere of the class was very good,” Shiyun began, “Now when I speak English, I am more natural. Even if I make mistakes, I’m less nervous and try to explain again in another way.”
Shiyun chose to rent a house off campus with a friend and loves that she can feel safe there. She enjoys going to the seaside to relax in her spare time and the scenery that Newcastle has to offer.
“I love the pace of life in the city and the warmth and kindness of everyone I meet,” Shiyun said, adding that “As an international student, I never felt excluded and I fit in well with others.”
A highlight of her study experience was completing an internship with the Marketing and Communications team at the University of Newcastle. In the internship she learnt many practical marketing skills including email marketing, campaigns, social media and project management. She was assigned tasks by her supervisor and gained knowledge of time management principles. It also taught her how to work with a small team of people from different backgrounds and age groups.
“The internship benefited me a lot and will definitely help me in my future work,” Shiyun remarked.
During her internship Shiyun worked on a marketing presentation, providing market research. She was praised for her contribution to the project and felt a great sense of achievement.
“It makes me feel like stepping into society,” she beamed.
Shiyun travelled from China to study a 3-year degree in Business, majoring in International Business and Marketing, at the University of Newcastle.
As an international student, I never felt excluded and I fit in well with others.
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