- Lochlan Brick
I think that everybody should try and go on exchange at some point during their degree - although it can be a bit daunting, it is a fantastic opportunity to explore new cities on the other side of the world.
- Amy Cox
During my internship I got some great, first-hand insight into the not-for-profit research industry, especially around water and environmental issues. I would absolutely recommend doing an internship.
My highlight of residing at International House would have to be doing O week as a fresher. I do not think there will another time in my life that will be as fun as O week. It was 8 days of just pure fun. I made so many great friends and incredible memories. It was also the first time I had lived out of home and O week was great to help me settle in and make IH a second home. All in all it was just a great week!
One thing I didn’t expect is just how close I would become with the people I have met. I knew I was going to make friends but I didn’t know how close I would become to them. I now consider a lot of the people I have met at International House not just friends, but family. Coming from country Victoria, there were not a lot of opportunities for me to interact with different cultures, so I saw IH as a great opportunity to do this while also being able to make life-long friends.
At International House I have had the chance to undertake leadership roles such as being a member of the Student Club and being an O week leader. Through these roles I have gained valuable leadership experience, and I now feel extremely confident leading groups and talking in front of large crowds.
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I've met lots of great people during my time at the University of Melbourne and have tried (successfully, I think) to take advantage of the countless different opportunities offered by the university. Although it can seem like a big place, I've enjoyed making friends in other faculties and departments, by not being locked in to a particular major or subject area from the start of my degree.
I've been able to tutor university subjects, reside in one of the colleges, complete research projects over the holidays, play tennis for the university and even study overseas on exchange, and have really enjoyed all of it!
I went on exchange to King's College for one semester at the start of 2016. It was a bit daunting at first, but the chance to take subjects that aren't available back home was really enjoyable. I think that everybody should try and go on exchange at some point during their degree - although it can be a bit daunting, it is a fantastic opportunity to explore new cities on the other side of the world and be exposed to different ways of learning and studying! Studying in London has been great as it is such an enormous city that there are always things to do, plus it is a great spot from which to explore Europe!
I am interning at Palantir Technologies in New York City immediately after I finish my degree, but from there I will either attempt to get a full time job in the software industry or return to university to do more study. Ideally, I would love to own and run my own technology or software company. I think it would be fantastic to combine software development with the chance to learn how to run a business, and hopefully have an impact on the world.
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When deciding where to study, I learnt that I could continue to study a second language through the Breadth component of the Melbourne degree, and complete a Diploma in Languages as well as a BSc. Asides from the course, I also fell in love with the campus: its atmosphere and centrality - moving from Bendigo in Regional Victoria, this was very important. I remain very grateful for the ability to swap subjects and segue between disciplines.
I was extremely fortunate to complete a semester of my BSc abroad on exchange at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It was a wildly different experience of tertiary teaching, with just 20 students in my programme and a novel range of subjects from Practical Neurophysiology to Golden Age Spanish Literature. It was the University's 600th anniversary at the time, and tutorials were held between ruins of the Reformation the world's first golf course.
Half of the seaside town's 16,000 residents were students, 83% of whom were international students from North America, Europe and the Middle East - a vastly different composition from the student background at Melbourne. As such, it was an exciting melting pot of people and cultures, where everybody left home and lived on campus together.
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Amy CoxAmy completed an internship with International Water Management Institute – Myanmar Office, as a part of her Master of Environment.
During my time in Myanmar I worked on a project called the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative (MHRI). I had the opportunity to work on a number of different facets of this large, 2-year project which involved not only IWMI but a number of other partner organisations. I was lucky enough to be able to go on field work to two of the villages involved in the project (there are six in total). I helped to organise and document the training about community based river health monitoring for the field visits and spoke with the communities (with the aid of a translator) about water quality issues and how these have changed over time.
During my internship I got some great, first-hand insight into the not-for-profit research industry, especially around water and environmental issues. Understanding how these international organisations operate, both individually and in partnerships, is fascinating. There is a huge amount of collaboration, which was great to be involved in and meant I met people from a wide number of organisations, not just IWMI. It was also very interesting to experience how international aid funding is distributed - in this way submitting proposals for funding is not dissimilar to the consulting world which I have experience in in Australia.
This experience has definitely impacted my future career pathway and goals. I now think that for me, the most fulfilling and meaningful way to be involved in international development projects, is to be a technical specialist (rather than a more managerial role) in a certain area. I hope to work in Australia for a few years and get some experience in the environmental/ sustainability sector, and then apply my skills in developing countries.
I would absolutely recommend doing an internship - getting hand on experience in the field you’re interested in is invaluable. Do plenty of research on the organisation you would like to intern for, as it pays to be well informed about their culture and strategy. Finally, have faith in yourself and your skills, you probably know more than you think you do, and if you are confident people will listen to your opinions and take them on board!
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The University of Melbourne encourages students to gain a well-rounded bank of knowledge from various different faculties and to participate in various clubs, societies and opportunities offered by the university. These opportunities are exactly what have made my university experience incredible.
All of my passions are available here, including learning about philosophical theories, acting in the performing arts, singing as a soprano in a choir, and getting involved in sports and understanding the world around sports, fitness and health.
The University of Melbourne offered has allowed me to delve into a world of knowledge that not only suits my passions, but has also given me plenty of opportunities to take up new interests and passions, further developing my growth of knowledge and academic skills.
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Moving interstate to attend university was already a big change, so living at college gave me an instant sense of stability and a community to be part of and contribute to. Other benefits include the excellent support services and the activities in a range of areas, such a sports, arts, and social.
The highlight of my college experience has been representing the Whitley students as the female sports representative on the student club executive in my second year, and working as a senior student in pastoral care in third year. Also, winning back-to-back netball premierships was pretty exciting!
Although I expected to have tutorials and knew that there was some level of pastoral care available, I hadn’t expected the level and extent that staff, tutors, and senior students would go to in order to help someone, whether in academic or other areas. Being able to be involved in providing this support to others has been an important part of my college experience.
If you’re thinking about college definitely go for it – living at college is a fantastic experience! Talk to people, do some research, and take a tour – all the colleges are great but they’re also all unique. Take some time to look around and find the one that is the best fit for you.
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