Saturday, 20 October 2012

Yesterday was an extremely special day for me- it was the day I submitted my final university assignment. And since I do not have any exams, it also meant that I have currently, pretty much completed my undergraduate degree.

I have to say, this day has been a long time coming- a culmination of three years' hard work. When I think about it, it is rather bittersweet. After all, uprooting a life of 18 years and moving to another country is not easy. I learned so much, gained so much, but also lost a few things along the way, so this journey has been quite an emotional one to say the least.

My room in my first apartment! 
I remember my first semester in uni. I was new to life at university, a new country as well as a new environment. I was completely ignorant about the way that things work in this weird new place, and it is suffice to say that I was a little shocked at how quickly people here would brush you off and / or take advantage of you. I was foolish and naive, and got into an unsatisfactory contractual lease on an apartment I lived in in my first year. I was smart enough to record everything down, though- just because I was that vengeful. But through all that, I learned not to trust people too easily, even though I was already very distrustful of people.

Uni was not all smooth sailing, either. First of all, I found it very odd that I was at times the only international student in my classes. Then, socialising was not easy either as I found myself stigmatised and stereotyped. My shyness sure didn't help, either. But I was lucky enough to find a few people who took some of the same courses as me, so we enrolled in the same class times. And of course, there was that time when I lost many files in my laptop due to a virus, which unfortunately included my assignments which were almost due. In the end, I had to redo them after obtaining special considerations from my tutors.

This was me in 2010. What a ghetto I was!
Then there was the people. To be perfectly honest I did not enjoy the circle of people that I surrounded myself with. I would've distanced myself if I could, except that it was not possible; I wouldn't have anyone to talk to otherwise. I would say that it did contribute to my unhappiness in Adelaide, and my decision to move to Melbourne- which was a tough one since at the time, it was taking another risk- can I make a big change once again to move to yet another alien environment? Thankfully, I moved in with a friend and have since settled down well.

So to actually think about it, Melbourne changed my entire perspective of life over here. Before this, I did not quite enjoy myself, but as I slowly settled down and adapted, I started enjoying myself more. Like when I went exploring new restaurants and recipes with the housemate. Or when I was given more responsibilities which made my life a lot more meaningful than just attending classes. I travelled, which is always a plus and made me enjoy myself even more.

Handing in my last assignment
So much has happened that I do not even remember some things- reading my blog posts from 2 years ago is quite a refresher! But it's suffice to say that I have learned a lesson or two about myself and the world, but at the same time I did lose some of myself as I changed into who I am today. Honestly, there were some downright depressing moments, as those closest to me would know- filled with tears (yes, tears), but there were also some moments of triumph and jubilation, when I would jump around the house like an idiot.

And now, I'm moving on to another chapter, one that is yet to be plotted on a map. I do not really know what the future holds, and it is kinda scary knowing that I am officially unemployed. But hopefully that will change soon!
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