So this is it.
My one semester at the university in Australia has officially come to an end. It feels weird. Weird in terms I don’t know how to react to it. I’m partly (mostly) happy that the studying is over, simultaneously feel a bit of nostalgia about the past few months of learning.
This bittersweet feeling is somewhat normal I guess. It has been a tough semester. Definitely more difficult than at home at University of Westminster. Even more so, I had to learn more than my classmates in terms of that I knew nothing about australian specific things like politics, media etc. So on top of everything that all of us had to learn, there was this extra knowledge to be acquired. By no means am I complaining. I have learned a lot of interesting things that I wouldn’t have otherwise. From australian political system to healthy Aboriginal eating habits that are ‘used to be’ now.
Being the only ‘foreigner’ in all of my three subject tutorials was quite a task. Not sure whether good or bad, but I would have liked a tiny bit of preferential treatment :) There was none. However, I was happy to love two of my subjects (modules).
Creative Information Design, which was something I was always interested to try but never had a chance to. On academic level, we were creating print designs and analysis audiences and with the best tutor I have ever met, Catherine Baird, it was a ball.
Another one of my favourites was Advertising Campaign Practice. Now, I always wanted to dip my toes into advertising world just to see what it’s like. And it was a full on experience. Throughout the semester my team were working on a campaign for a client Fiji Water. I was blessed to work with an amazing team of inspiring and driven course mates. The best team I have ever had to work with in Higher Education. We had an amazing time and a Distinction to follow.
Although, the marks do not transfer to my home university, I feel happy that all my hard work actually paid off with good grades. Of course there was a lot of last minute studying, as I do. And one or two sleepless nights. But at the end of the day, It was a truly eye-opening experience and I would not change a thing.
Now that I will be coming back to University of Westminster in September, it will be interesting to compare once again. I am ready to face my final year and eager to enter the real world of PR. If I ever choose to do a postgraduate degree, now I am sure that I would not do it anywhere else but in Australia and most likely at University of Technology, Sydney.
Someone once said “The roots of knowledge are bitter, but fruit is sweet.” Bullshit I say. Well used to say, its over used and I heard too many times to make me want to puke when I hear it. However, I am starting to realise the meaning of it. Not just the plain forward results of learning, but the realisation that once that hard work is over you kinda wish you could have it back, just so you could have the good stuff back too. And the results, well they speak for themselves.