Malaysian student Wan Siew has no regrets moving to Australia to study agriculture

When I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to visit Australia because I was attracted to the stunning sceneries in Australia especially the specular coastal attractions along the Great Ocean Road. Another reason why I wanted to visit Australia was the kangaroos and koalas because I really like these animals. So why not pursue my studies in Australia?

Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch

When I first arrived in Melbourne, I couldn’t hold back my excitement because I knew that my new life had begun. The staff from the Student Welcome Desk at the airport gave me a warm welcome and provided me with heaps of information about Melbourne and it made me feel as though I didn’t have to worry about anything. I have been staying in Melbourne for four years and it is the best decision I have made in my life.

From my first day as a Bachelor of Agriculture student at the University of Melbourne, I knew I had made the right choice. Apart from being the top university in Australia, the strong academia culture and supportive staff members encouraged me to pursue a Master in Agricultural Sciences to further my knowledge.

My Bachelor of Agriculture graduation ceremony in July 2016

As part of my course, I had the opportunity to do an internship which granted me first-hand experience in farm management. I was able to apply the knowledge that I’ve learnt in class and this experience has also helped me define my future career pathway by knowing the areas that are not suitable for me.

Taking intensive subjects at the Dookie campus was also another amazing experience. The Dookie campus has good teaching and working facilities that has helped me further develop my skills and knowledge of agricultural production.

View from the Dookie campus - Victoria's oldest agricultural college

Like most students, I’ve had ups and downs in my student life. The supportive advisors from Student Connect have offered great advice to me and motivated me with regards to my direction and focus. They have provided me with details on how to network with other people working in the same field and taught me different methods to reach my targets. Also, the ‘First Year at Unimelb’ Facebook page has provided me with information such as study expo and career sessions, which are very helpful for me as a student.

Apart from my studies, I am an avid fan of badminton. Thus, I usually play and compete in competitions during my free time. I have made many friends from diverse backgrounds and I still keep in touch with them even though they have left Melbourne after they graduated. Playing badminton helps me to relax and has taught me to be more positive in life.

Before the start of the badminton game

As I have 6 months left before I graduate, I’m pretty sure I will miss my life at the University of Melbourne! In the meantime, I am confident that the knowledge and experiences that I’ve gained from the university will help me get through all the difficulties in the future.

So, what are you waiting for? Come to Melbourne! Join the Melbourne Uni community!

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