Bachelor of Science graduate, Clare Browne, talks about moving interstate to study at the University of Melbourne, and the benefits of college life.
I chose to apply to study at the University of Melbourne because of the excellent teaching and research reputation of the University, and the proximity and connections to the many medical research facilities and laboratories in the Melbourne area. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone to challenge myself and felt that the University of Melbourne was perfect for this.
Moving interstate to attend university was a big change. Living at college gave me an instant sense of stability and a community to be part of and contribute to. Added to this are the excellent support services and the activities in a range of areas including sports, arts, and social life.
The support services at college have aided and improved my academic knowledge and study habits through the tutorial program, and also providing support throughout the challenge and new experience of moving away from family and friends.
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 as a senior student in pastoral care 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.