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Meet the 2022 StudyAdelaide Student Ambassador team! Their role is to help you get the most from your Adelaide experience. Some day soon there will be opportunities to meet these passionate people in person.

Read on to learn more about where they’re from, what they’re studying, and the special ‘Adelaide’ advice they’d like to share.

Alexandra Feilicia Joe, 

Hi, I’m Alex and I’m from Indonesia. I’m currently in my 2nd year, studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of South Australia.

You might have seen me as an Offshore Ambassador last year and I couldn’t be more excited to be an Onshore Ambassador in 2022. I hope to share even more experiences with the international student community here in Adelaide!

A tip: Uni life is about find a balance between focusing on your studies, and having fun whenever you can! The work can be tough but it does help when you enjoy the journey!

Anyway, this city has so much to offer to us students! I’m sure you’ll make the most of it. ?

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Audrey Samuel
Sri Lanka.

Hi there, My name is Audrey! I am from Sri Lanka but I grew up in Ghana and so I would call both countries home.

I recently moved to Adelaide to study a Master of Science in Public Policy and have already grown to love it here. There is so much to see and do, and I enjoy exploring the city’s numerous green spaces and beautiful historical buildings.

I am an avid reader, I love traveling and I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds!

As a StudyAdelaide ambassador, I am here to help you. I know that leaving home and traveling miles away from friends and family might be hard at first, but you will grow to appreciate the new experiences that will come your way. Lean into all that Adelaide has to offer!

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Cameron Green

Hey everyone! I’m Cameron, a local from Adelaide!

I am currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations and Arts at the University of Adelaide. I have previously lived in the United Kingdom working in a boarding school where I fell in love with interacting with different cultures. This experience drove me to study my Bachelor degree.

Outside of University, I love to play Australia Rules Football (AFL) and go running, but I will play just about any sport if I get the chance to. On top of this, I will take any opportunity to go out and meet new people. Everyone knows something I don’t know and I love listening to people talk about their past experiences!

As a StudyAdelaide Ambassador I look forward to meeting and speaking to all of you! Being a local I am more than happy to tell you about some cool places to visit and hear about how you’re finding Adelaide. Don’t be afraid to ask me any questions or come and say hi!

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Chaoxiang (Trinity) Zhang

Greetings, dear friends all over the world, you can simply call me Trinity as it is my English name. I am studying a Bachelor degree in media and linguistics at the University of Adelaide. My mother tongue is Chinese and Japanese is my second foreign language, and I understand a little bit of Spanish too. Thus, I hope to meet different friends from various cultures. My hobby is doing sports in my spare time. Skateboarding (the museum is a great spot for skating), swimming, Kendo, football and gym workouts are all my favourites.

After years of waiting, I finally arrived in Adelaide. I am glad to become StudyAdelaide Student Ambassador in 2022. It was a hard time learning offshore, but it gave me a lesson that I am glad to share. We should take our time out of study to do and learn meaningful and helpful things for ourselves. For instance, I did over 320 days of exercise last year, we should keep a healthy body during our busy studies. Besides, I regard sweating in sports as a relaxing activity to ease the pressure of assignments. What’s more, we should make use of our time and create a monthly plan to track assignments and tests. Whatever you do making yourself prepared and confident is always significant.

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Dean Derick Punsalan

Kamusta! I'm Dean from the Philippines studying Hospitality at TAFE SA. I recently arrived in Australia, and I'm excited that Adelaide is the destination for my studies.

Since moving to Adelaide, I've been amazed by the different cultures as well as the beautiful sights, I can be in the city during the morning, Have a relaxing lunch by the Hills, then enjoy a breathtaking sunset at the beach before dusk.

As a StudyAdelaide Ambassador, I'm able to share with you my experience as I go. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and listening to all your stories.

My advice to Students would be to take a step away from your comfort zone. Explore! Get Lost! (I did lol) It is all part of the experience that will promote your growth. Get out there! Have Fun!

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Janageeth Logeswaran
Sri Lanka.

Hi! My name is Janageeth and I’m from Sri Lanka. I am studying a Bachelor or Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) (Honours) at Flinders University. My career aspiration is to become an entrepreneur in the Artificial Intelligence field and contribute to a better tomorrow.

When I am not studying I like to listen to music or read books and some of my favourite books are “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek, “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell and “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

Studying in Adelaide is the most exciting and rewarding experience so far in my life. People here are nice and friendly. I have found so many opportunities to grow myself here.

Adelaide never fails to surprise people. I can’t wait to see what it has to offer for you.

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Janya Cariappa

Hi! I am Janya Cariappa. I am from India and study Social Science (Human Services) and Psychology at UniSA. StudyAdelaide has been an integral (and fun!) part of my student experience and I hope I contribute to making student life in Adelaide more awesome!

I love Adelaide and I hope you do too! I want to make the most out of my time here. I'm usually attending more events than classes but hey, that is where I get to meet people like you! It's always a fun time for me to socialise, talk to people from different backgrounds (and have good food, hehe).

If I could give you 3 pieces of advice it would be:
1) Reach out to university support services when needed. They are helpful, approachable and kind.
2) Find clubs to be involved in. It is a great way to collaborate with others and learn along the way.
3) Do not feel overwhelmed by what others seem to be doing. I believe everyone is clueless. Do your best and enjoy your time!

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Jia En Sit

'Hello! I am Jia En Sit from Malaysia, you can call me Jia En or Jia. I am currently a final year Food and Nutrition Science student (Food? Yes!) who has a strong passion for improving human health, helping those in need, and empowering others.

I enjoy being kind and helpful, exploring nature and appreciating the little beauty you can find around Adelaide - a place where there are spectacular views of calming plants, fantastic beaches, and lovely hills.

If there is only one piece of advice that I would give, that is to live your life to the fullest and always believe in yourself because nothing is impossible!'

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Khushi Naik

Hey there! I'm Khushi and I'm from Bangalore, India. I'm currently in my second year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling & Interpersonal Skills) & Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) degree here at UniSA. I enjoy dance, photography, cooking and exploring new places.

After studying online for a year, I'm so excited to be here in Adelaide and truly enjoy the city. If I'm not at university, you'll probably find me at the beach. Adelaide is an amazing city because it's got such a good balance between the city life as well as the scenic nature.

My advice to you is to explore and be involved as much as you can. Coming from a different country can be challenging but you're here because you like challenges!

Take any free time as an opportunity to step out of the house and find a place to see, or be involved in university events or clubs, that's the best way to make friends!

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Henry Nguyen

Hi everyone, my name is Henry originally from Vietnam and I'm studying Website Development at Tafe SA.

As an art lover, I've learned that there are so many perspectives to look at life from, and that is what makes life interesting. I chose Australia to study because of its cultural diversity. I've grown so much since I arrived here and I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to learn more. Also, a huge coffee and plant lover, who's with me?!

A piece of advice I'd give to students is that don't be shy to ask for help. And remember nothing that a good cup of coffee (or tea!) won't fix :)

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Lucia Rojas

Hello! My name is Lucia but you can call me Lu.

I’m studying a Bachelor of Design with focus in Animation and Illustration. Design has always been my passion, but I used to think it wasn’t for me because I didn’t know how to draw. Now I’m sure we can do anything we decide to do, and it is never too late to start over.

I have had the opportunity to explore different places in Australia, but I have to say Adelaide has got my heart. Besides how beautiful it is, the sunrises and the sunsets or the amazing festivals, what I love the most about this city is how welcoming and kind people are.

I know that as international students we face different challenges with the language or being away from our home country family and friends. However, you have made a great decision by choosing Adelaide for studying as it is always looking for ways to support you/us, so we can have the best experience here and achieve our goals.

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Ning (Sophia) Yang

Hey guys! I am Sophia Yang from China. I am now studying Masters of Social Work at Flinders University.

I am enthusiastic about skating (roller skating and skating on the ice), skiing, hiking, surfing and snowboarding. I look forward to doing these sports with you if you have the same interests!

Adelaide has been voted one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is also a friendly city. You are likely to be greeted by strangers on the street at any time of day. As for leisure, Mount Lofty, Windy Point, and Glenelg are all great places to visit in your spare time.

You will love Adelaide. It is absolutely a lovely city. And while studying and living in a new place can be difficult, once you settle in there are many wonderful things waiting for you to discover. As a student ambassador, I will be delighted to share my experience of studying and living in Adelaide with you. Can’t wait to see you in person at StudyAdelaide activities!

Patricia Cherono Mang’ira

Hey hey!

My name is Patricia and I am from Kenya. I am currently studying a Masters of Project Management at The University of Adelaide.

I have been in Adelaide for a while now and I’m always in awe of its natural beauty.

I am an artist at heart and I always seek beauty in the world that surrounds us. I enjoy learning new things about myself and others and I have learnt that this is best done through fun activities. No, I don’t mean ice breakers.

One piece of advice I would give students is always remember to be kind to yourself and that in hindsight everything is much clearer.

I look forward to meeting you all and connecting with you.

Tam Vo

Hello, I’m Tam. I’m from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam and I’m studying Occupational Therapy at Flinders University.

A bit about myself, I’m a big animal lover, I have 5 dogs at home in Vietnam. I love travelling, learning new languages and making friends along the way. Cooking is my love language, and I can cook delish Asian food. I’m very compassionate and I love helping other people. I also have a genuine interest in advocating for international students.

Although I’ve only been in Adelaide for a short while, this city has never failed to amaze me by its breathtaking scenery, peaceful beaches and friendly people. It’s been a long time since I truly felt at home and I can confidently say that Adelaide has given me this feeling since day one.

Moving to a new country can be a challenging and daunting experience, that’s why we, as ambassadors, always try our best to help you have the best experience in Adelaide and ensure your transition is as smooth as possible. So don’t hesitate to reach out!

My little piece of advice for international students is just to put yourself out there. Studying abroad isn’t just about studying, explore the city you’re in, take on new challenges, make friends with people from other cultures. The moment you decide to step out of your comfort zone, that’s when you actually grow and learn. Also remember, other people are always willing to help, all you need to do is ask for it ?

Yu Ting (Kelly) Ko
Hong Kong SAR.

Hello everyone, my name is Kelly and I am from Hong Kong SAR. I graduated from a high school in Adelaide last year and I am now a first year physiotherapy student at UniSA.

I am ‘aquaholic’ and I enjoy swimming very much. That’s why Glenelg is one of my favourite places in Adelaide. However, I am a pool swimmer and I have never swum at a beach. This is because I am afraid of sharks and jellyfish. But don’t worry, I am going to conquer my fear someday!

I first arrived in Adelaide when I was fifteen years old, and I can clearly remember the mixed emotions I had. It always takes courage to step out of your comfort zone and make changes. Trust me, life in Adelaide is awesome and you will soon love it. Also, Study Adelaide offers countless activities and support to international students. Don’t forget to check them out!

Yuk Ting Jenna Ng
Hong Kong SAR.

Hello! I am Jenna from Hong Kong. I am currently studying Masters of Occupational Therapy at Flinders University.

I enjoy camping, wine tasting and chilling at the beach — this probably explains why Adelaide is just the perfect city for me!

With Adelaide being such a multicultural city, I would encourage you to embrace it’s cultural diversity. Get to know friends from different cultural background, try out all the traditional dishes in Hahndorf German Village and China Town, join us in celebrating cultural festivals around the world.

If I can tell you one thing, it would be to step outside of your comfort zone and experience something new. You may be surprised by how much you can learn about the world we are living in, by just being in Adelaide!

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