Meet Anjani from Nepal

Study Melbourne caught up with Anjani who is currently completing a Master of Social Work with Monash University. Read on for her experiences studying and living in Victoria. 

Why did you choose Melbourne out of the whole world?

I always wanted to pursue my postgraduate degree from the world’s best universities. I found there were number of world class universities in Australia and Monash is one of them with outstanding academic records. Monash offered the course I wanted to pursue and even more, I received Monash International Merit Scholarship for my studies. Apart from that I wanted to study in the place where I can get to explore more about the city and culture. Melbourne has won several awards for being the world’s most liveable city and these factors led me to choose Melbourne.

What’s been your favourite part of Melbourne?

Melbourne is culturally diverse, a good place for foodies, various events for international students, great public facilities and much more.

What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to Melbourne life?

Coming from an Asian background, adjusting to the western lifestyle was a bit difficult to me initially. But as I started at my uni, I made friends from different countries with different cultural backgrounds. I started volunteering for organisations and attended different events. Getting myself busy with studying and networking with people helped me a lot to adjust to life in Melbourne. Balancing studies and working has been the biggest challenge but i’m still enjoying this phase of my life as well.

Have you had a chance to explore Victoria?

I did get chances to explore some places in Victoria. I was one of the lucky winners to Ultimate Day Out and won a trip to Mt. Buller organised by Study Melbourne. This has indeed been a great experience with amazing people and I made some good friends as well. I have been to Mt. Hotham, Healsville Animal Sanctuary, Puffing Billy, Torquay and Sorrento beach. Being an adventure loving person, I have also done hiking and biking in Dandenong ranges. I have much more in my Victorian bucket list.

How have you found your overall study experience?

The educational system here is completely different to what I did in Nepal. making it initially  challenging for me to adjust at the beginning. But the lecturers, staffs and department in Monash Univeristy are very friendly and helpful to assist with your concerns. Similarly, the university has different student clubs and platforms which makes the study experience even more fruitful.

What advice would you give other international students?

I would suggest international students to gear up yourself for a new adventure in Melbourne. It is a roller coaster ride with lots of fun on the way. And always be aware of Melbourne’s weather.

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