International student Sora is passionate about creating things, sharing his knowledge with others and getting out of his comfort zone.
So, when it came to higher education, he leapt out of this comfort zone – travelling from his home country of Kuwait to the University of Newcastle to study a Bachelor of Computer Science.
“My family and I were looking for a university close to where my aunts lived on the Central Coast, and that’s how we found out about the University of Newcastle,” Sora said.
Studying at the University’s Callaghan campus, Sora has been able to explore his passion for computing, software and application development while meeting new people and gaining important work experience in his field of study.
“What interests me about my degree is that it allows me to develop software applications, games and websites – things that can help make everyday life a little bit easier.
“I’ve been able to use virtual reality (VR) technology which has inspired me to explore how I could develop VR related games both for fun and research or training purposes,” Sora said.
Not only is Sora expanding his own computing knowledge through his studies, he’s also helping younger students do the same through exciting work experience.
“I love that I can work alongside my studies at the University. I currently work as a Lab Demonstrator, a Software Developer and a Customer Service Assistant at the University’s library.
“The experience I’ve gained from working at the University in all these different positions has made me grow in tremendous ways.
“Holding a few positions simultaneously and studying at the same time has taught me how to organise and plan better, as well as use my time more efficiently.
“As a Lab Demonstrator my role is to help students in the computer labs, as well as go over material taught in classes or workshops. I love that I have the opportunity to help students learn and let them know that I was in a similar position when I started learning programming.
“I also like that I get to share what I have learned as a student. Seeing these students motivated to do better and try harder truly motivates me,” Sora added.
So, what advice would Sora give to fellow international students thinking about studying at the University of Newcastle?
“I’d say give it a shot! There’s nothing to lose, only more to gain,” Sora concluded.
Sora Khan moved to Australia to study a Bachelor of Computer Science at the University of Newcastle.
I love that I can work alongside my studies at the University. I currently work as Lab Demonstrator, a Software Developer and a Customer Service Assistant at the University’s library.