Welcome to SP5 everyone! Hope you had an amazing holiday. This has been a busy month for me juggling between personal goals and my responsibilities at USASA.
What have I been up to this month?
- Orientation Week and International Arrival Briefing
I met with Monamee on 4th and the 14th of July to discuss the script for our USASA presentation. On 17th of July, we ran a USASA stall together in Student Lounge, City West to meet new international students at O’Week and answered their questions about university and USASA services and events. We also handed out freebies including USASA diaries, pens, survival guide and many other amazing stuff.
USASA Stall at O’week
On the same day, Monamee and I presented at the International Arrival Briefing about USASA and services that we offer to students. We managed to keep everyone engaged and two lucky students brought home our gifts – two movie tickets – after the presentation. How amazing!
That was my first time presenting in front of a crowd that large. Nerve-wrecking but exciting, I could feel the adrenaline pump running through my blood. I am looking forward to participating in another International Arrival Briefing session to welcome new international students in Business School on the 1st of August.
- Brekky Bar at Mawson Lakes
For much of this year Jordan, Jivan and I have been discussing our dream to make Brekky Bar free for students. Starting on the 26th of July at Mawson Lakes, dreams came true.
At 6AM, under a thin and fragile boundary called my blanket, I found myself fighting between my selfish desire to stay warm, and the greater good of the students of Mawson Lakes. Waking up was a struggle, but we chose to do it. After shopping for fresh food at Woolies, we started setting up Brekky Bar at 7:45AM.
The Brekky Bar was meant to be open from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. The first hour was quiet. Fortunately, it started to get busy around 10 am and we could not close it until 11 am due to positively strong response from students. Jordan and I had a chance to talk to many students including international students on the day about their experience at university and what we can possibly do to further improve Brekky Bar and students’ experiences at university in general. What can I say? It was an excellent experience for me, Jordan and students of Mawson Lakes Campus.
Here are some of the photos that we took on the day.
- Other activities
- Beside those activities above, I also had a few meetings with some international students where we could share the stories about our life staying in Australia, issues that we have encountered and our resolutions for each problem. This has given me a great insight into other international students’ experience and ideas to improve their experience.
- I attended HELP-PAL training session with Monamee to discuss international students and services available for them.
- On the 26th of July, I had a meeting with Vietnamese Student Society president to discuss issues that they are facing and their plans in the future. Fortunate enough, we shared some of our visions and goals and definitely are looking forward to collaborating together to deliver better university experience to not only Vietnamese students but all international students at UniSA.
- Activities for next month
31/7: International Sub-committee meeting
1/8: Business school International Arrival Briefing
7/8: USASA Board Meeting
That’s it for this month. I will see you again next month with more updates. Bye for now!