Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest My Embassy Life student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered Embassy Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia!
Travel to other country not only involves learning a new language, meeting new people and getting one of the best experiences in our lives. It also implies being brave enough to understand other ways of thinking and to try to create a new life while you are studying. The most important is never give up setting your academic and personal goals.
The first days you are overseas, all is about exploring and discovering a new world. However, we cannot deny that after a few months we begin with mixed feelings. From my experience, I could say I used to miss my family, my city, my bedroom and even the food of my country. Well, I still miss my food and of course my family!
For some of us, this should be the first moment in which we are feeling homesickness. Research suggests that up to 70 percent of students moving out of home for the first time experience it at some point.
Some of the symptoms are depression, nostalgia, anxiety, loneliness and even some people can suffer claustrophobia according with The University of Melbourne.
Our campus in Melbourne is characterized by the diversity of students and each one is living their own experience. Nevertheless, we do not really know what is going on inside of them.
As a result, our campus has the Student Services Counselling.
“In counselling the students can come to see me and talk about the problems they have. It is available for all students to assist and work through any concerning issues that they might experience. This service is totally confidential and the idea is trying to reach a solution,” says Carolyn Thai, Student Counsellor at Study Group in Melbourne.
But not only homesickness is common among students; Carolyn also underlined that other topics such as time management, drug and alcohol misuse, stress and anxiety are part of the issues students can get support and orientation in Student Services Counselling.
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