The 2024 student ambassador team

Meet the 2024 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.

Adib Mohammad

Hi everyone!

I'm Adib, hailing from Bangladesh and currently pursuing my Master of Electronic Engineering at The University of Adelaide.

Besides poking breadboards (a little circuit humor for you *wink*), I'm all about exploring the great outdoors, whether it's trekking through beautiful landscapes or exploring historical sites; Adelaide has so many amazing spots to explore. Some of my favorites are the Adelaide Hills, Morialta Conservation Park and the Belair Waterfall Hike. And hey, if you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the mesmerising Aurora Australis, the southern counterpart to the Northern lights, right here in SA!

Being an international student myself, I know adjusting to life in a new country can be overwhelming, but this could be the beginning of something great. My piece of advice for students new to Adelaide, this journey can be a fresh start for you so make every moment count. Be involved in volunteering, student and networking events and build your connections. Adelaide has so many opportunities to offer, you just have to put yourself out there. And don’t forget to take breaks and recharge when needed. Hiking, in my opinion, is a great remedy for that.

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Adrian (Ian) Katili

Halo, apa kabar?

I’m Adrian, but most of my friends call me Ian because you can’t spell BRILLIANT without IAN. I’m from Indonesia. Currently, I’m studying a Master of Inclusive and Specialised Education at Flinders University.

A brief explanation about me: I’m a Virgo and an ENFJ-A. I have a lot of hobbies, and they are always changing depending on my situation and condition. Currently, I enjoy creating video content on Instagram about my student life. Initially, I chose Adelaide because its name sounds aesthetic, but now I've truly fallen in love with this small city.

A piece of advice to my fellow international students:

Hakuna Matata (It means no worries for the rest of your days; it’s a Disney song).

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Adriele Das Merces Oliveira

Hey there!

I’m Adriele, originally from Brazil, now soaking up the Aussie vibes in Adelaide. Stepping into the world of Civil Design Drafting at TAFESA has been an exciting journey for me since I arrived here last year.

Adelaide's friendly vibe and delicious food options have been a real highlight for me. When I'm not working on designs, I love trying out new recipes at home or checking out local restaurants to experience different cuisines.

One piece of advice I'd like to share with you is to savour every moment and appreciate the beauty around you, especially during those magical sunsets. Take time to pause, reflect, and soak in the beauty of life unfolding before your eyes—it's these simple joys that make the journey worthwhile.

Looking forward to sharing stories and experiences with all of you soon!

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Alani Mae Ananoria


I'm Alani, a first-year Filipina university student pursuing a degree in Foundation Studies at Flinders University Academy.

I enjoy diving into new adventures beyond boundaries. I believe stepping into the unknown is where the real magic happens – we learn and grow! I would love to use my experiences to make your campus life extraordinary!

A tip for my fellow international pals, don't hesitate to try new things – explore places, join clubs, or pick up a fun hobby! It will not only open doors but also help you make awesome friends. Trust in yourself, enjoy the moment, and remember, you're amazing just as you are!

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Alice Bernardo


My name is Alice, and I am from Brazil. I am studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science with a major in Criminology at The University of Adelaide.

I am a very bubbly person that really likes meeting new people, always up for a good talk. I like to binge watch series with my brother and hang out with my friends, even if it's just to study. Reading and listening to music are also some of my biggest passions and I am always looking for new recommendations of my favourite genres (fantasy and horror).

My advice for the new international students is that people here in Adelaide are so nice and sweet, so when you have a chance to make new friends take it! Don’t be shy, everyone will love to learn about you. Don’t forget to work hard on your studies, but make sure to have healthy habits and take care of yourself. I hope you have the best stay here. I’m sure you will shine.

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Andrea Hostios


I’m Andrea, a Colombian student rocking a Master of Social Work at the University of South Australia. After working as a lawyer, I have immersed myself in a world where I can connect with people and hear their stories.

I’ve been in Adelaide for almost a year after a couple of years in Sydney and let me tell you — this city is something else. Imagine a warm cuddle that lifts your spirits and encourages you to dream big. Terrific, right?

You can find me juggling academic papers and work while hunting for perfect swimming spots.

My advice? Let yourself be seen. Listen to your inner authenticity because it will take you anywhere you dream. Step out of your comfort zone (again) and conquer the world ahead.

That’s my story, and as a StudyAdelaide Ambassador, I am eager to hear yours.

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Fabiha Bushra


I am Fabiha from the beautiful land of Bangladesh and I’m pursuing a Master of Information and Technology at the University of South Australia. Since 2023, I have called Adelaide my second home.

Packing my life in two pieces of luggage and shifting to a new country has been the craziest experience for me but also the most rewarding one! The compactness of Adelaide allows me to make multiple plans in a day and I love it! I also wholeheartedly enjoy how the locals here value work life balance.

As a fellow international student, I’d advise you to take every opportunity to meet new people, as your connections will be your most valuable assets. I recommend volunteering and working in local places to get accustomed to Adelaide’s culture. Last, but not least, don’t only delve into studies; keep exploring around and make the best out of your stay!

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Hong Mai (Mai) Pham

Hi, xin chào!

My name is Mai, and I am from sunny Vietnam. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide.

Having spent almost two years in Adelaide, my love for this place grows bigger and bigger. Full of curiosity about the world, I love learning new things by experiencing and interacting with people around me. Reading novels, wandering in nature, watching Netflix, sports, and dancing are the things that keep my life interesting. Adelaide has been lovely and has given me a wide range of opportunities, helping me find myself.

Starting a new life thousands of miles away from your home comforts can be a bit scary, but we all love the adrenaline that it brings. It is completely okay to feel blue from time to time, totally normal to feel a little bit lost and out of control. But everything is going to be okay. One day, looking back, we will be grateful for the experiences we have had because they have helped us grow into the best versions of ourselves. My piece of advice would be to keep an open mind, try new things, be spontaneous, and never forget to support the people around you!

That’s it from me; can’t wait to meet you all in person!

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Jiahui Chu


My name is Jiahui, I’m a second-year student from China studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Flinders University!

Adelaide is amazing for outdoor lovers like me, hiking, camping, picnics, and beach BBQs. There are so many amazing places to explore in this beautiful city. I am very passionate about sports too. Badminton and tennis are my favourites. I can’t wait for adventures in the waves every summer with snorkeling and surfing!

My best advice for international students would be to always believe in yourself and never let anyone bring you down. Just look at how far you have come. What I see now is a brave person, moving to a foreign country, overcoming language barriers and being independent. I am so proud of you, and you should be super proud of yourself as well! You are not alone, and we are always here for you.

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Khushbu Solanki


My name is Khushbu Solanki and I’m from Navi Mumbai, India. I am a final year student at the University of South Australia where I’m pursuing a Master of Health Services Management.

It has been a year since I arrived in Adelaide (time truly flies!) and it feels like a breath of fresh air. It is a completely different pace of life, and I am loving every minute of it!

Life is generally not an upwards, straight path but Adelaide has given me the space and time, purpose, and people to learn to love every aspect of it and I am grateful for that! I enjoy going on long walks, making paintings and admiring them, and having deep and thoughtful conversations about studies, work, and everything in between!

I hope to see you at the upcoming events alongside my amazing team!

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Mehnaz Jagose


My name is Mehnaz and I’m from India. I am currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a specialisation in Marketing from the University of Adelaide. I came to Australia last year and it has been quite a journey ever since.

I always keep myself busy by exploring new cafes, beaches and traveling! I love to take up new challenges and new tasks which allow me to grow every day.

One piece of advice that I would give to students would be to challenge yourself. Say yes to new opportunities and meeting new people from different walks of life, participate in events and of course build incredible connections and friendships as Adelaide has so much to offer. I have always been a strong believer in the saying ‘It is not the place or city you choose to study, it's the people out there who make you feel at home’.

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Muna Adam


I’m Muna, from the Maldives. I am currently pursuing a Master of Leadership in Education at Flinders University.

As a StudyAdelaide Ambassador, I welcome you to this vibrant city. My journey from the Maldives to Adelaide has been filled with growth and revelation and I'm excited to share my experiences with you.

My advice to fellow students is to immerse yourself in Adelaide's diverse culture, connect with fellow students and mentors, explore the city's scenic beauty, prioritise self-care amidst academic pursuits, and seize every opportunity for personal and professional development. Adelaide offers a unique blend of academic excellence, cultural richness, and community warmth, making it an ideal place to pursue your dreams. Embrace this journey with an open heart, and you will create unforgettable memories while achieving your goals.

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Patricia Garduque


My name is Patricia and I’m from the Philippines. I completed a transnational double degree in my home country and sought to expand my expertise by pursuing further education here in Adelaide. Currently, I’m studying a Master of Business Administration with specialisations in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership and Digital Management at Kaplan Business School.

Considering myself a wanderer, I’ve traveled to different places, then, I stumbled upon a place that stood out differently (good different!) Adelaide. It was like love at first sight!

While I'm often described as a social butterfly by my friends, there are other sides to me—a ‘frustrated’ baker, a fan of mystery crime TV series, and a dog lover. Growing up in a busy city all my life, moving to Adelaide was a challenge, but the opportunities here are limitless and you’ll meet genuine people (like me *wink*).

My advice to my fellow international students, in every challenge lies an opportunity to grow, and in every encounter, a chance to learn something or meet someone new. Also, don't forget to acknowledge your progress from time to time, give a little pat or even cry, but most importantly, never forget to have fun along the way! I would love to share this moment with you.

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Puthisak Korm

Sur-sdey and Hi!

I’m Puthisak, from Cambodia. I’m currently studying for a Master of Business Administration at Flinders University specialising in international business.

Stepping into a new challenge by moving to another country on my own was a great decision, while moving to Adelaide inspired me to make the best out of my life. With the city’s peaceful atmosphere and cultural diversities, I’ve had the opportunity to build friendships and learn more about various cultures while also sharing my own.

To my fellow international students, kudos to you for all the difficulties you’ve made it through. You have shown your inner potential; keep striving, get involved in social activities, build connections, reach out for help, explore the city you are in, and most importantly, take care of your health. Trust me, your hard work will pay off!

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Mohamed (Rifa) Marzhuk


Hello everyone, I'm Rifa! Hailing from Chennai, India, I'm currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Construction Management at the University of Adelaide.

I am someone with an insatiable curiosity to learn about everything under the sun. If I am not working on my assignments, you will find me hiking, volunteering, shooting some photographs, sharing memes, and getting my heart broken by my favourite Formula One team.

Fans of the TV show 'The Office' might be familiar with the poignant quote, 'I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them'. But in my case, I know precisely that I have been living some of the best days of my life here in Adelaide. Adelaide warmly embraces you, introduces you to its vibrant community and offers a plethora of opportunities for personal and professional growth.

As a StudyAdelaide Ambassador, my advice to fellow international students is to embrace discomfort. Head out, meet new people, forge meaningful connections, explore the breathtaking landscapes in and around the city, seize every opportunity that comes your way and create unforgettable memories.

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Ruth Appiah


My name’s Ruth and I’m originally from Ghana. I embarked on an exciting journey to Adelaide to pursue a PhD in Chronic Pain at the University of South Australia.

I am a curious soul with a passion for reading, exploring new places, indulging in Netflix series, and connecting with people. I understand the challenges and excitement that come with studying abroad. Through volunteering and involvement in various organisations, I have found fulfilment in helping others and fostering connections.

To my fellow international students: Embrace every opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, explore new cultures, and connect with people from diverse backgrounds. Remember, seeking support is not a sign of weakness—it's a strength. Whether you need academic assistance, guidance on navigating cultural differences, or simply someone to talk to, know that help is always available. Reach out to your university's resources, student support services, or fellow students. Your journey is unique—cherish the experiences and lessons it brings and know that you are not alone on this adventure.

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Subarna (KJ) Shrestha

Hello everyone,

I’m Subarna from Nepal, currently in my second year of studying Bachelor of Information and Technology at Torrens University.

I have a passion for traveling, swimming, and music. Meeting new people and hearing their stories and perspectives is something I truly value, as it provides me with valuable insights that I can implement in my personal life. Adelaide's friendly and diverse community, along with its relaxed atmosphere, provides many opportunities for personal development.

Advice that I would love to give: Keep on trying. Sometimes, opportunities won't come to us; we have to actively seek them out. I understand stepping out of our comfort zones can be challenging, but it’s where real growth begins, whether it is learning new skills or pursuing different opportunities.

Have determination and believe in yourself!

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Tanatswa Mapholisa-Moyo

Hi everyone!

I’m Tanatswa Mapholisa-Moyo , a student from Zimbabwe currently studying a Diploma of Technology (Advanced Programming) at TAFE SA.

Anything cybersecurity and programming gets my brain buzzing. But when I’m not coding, you can find me doing a couple of Ronaldo stepovers on the soccer pitch, watching EPL matches, hitting the gym for a quick workout, or grabbing a coffee (major addict!) while exploring Adelaide’s hidden gems.

I encourage you to embrace the adventure. Be open to constantly learning new things, strike up conversations and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. As a StudyAdelaide Ambassador, I’m here to assist you and I look forward to meeting you

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Woranitha (Grace) Hueghansombat

Hi there!

My name is Grace! I’m from Bangkok, Thailand. I’m currently pursuing my Master of IT (Enterprise Management) at the University of South Australia.

One of the things I love most here is meeting new people from all over the world. It helps me to see life from different perspectives and learn more about diverse cultures.

The advice I’d love to share is to know what you want to achieve and be well-planned. However, life is full of uncertainty. No matter how meticulously you plan, there will always be unexpected twists and turns – but fear not! Stay strong, believe in yourself and enjoy the journey. Everything happens for a reason.

We are rooting for you!

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Xiang (Shawn) Lui


I’m Liu Xiang, also known as Shawn, originally from China. I am in my first year of a Master of Social Work at Flinders University. Before moving to Adelaide, I worked as an accounting professional in Shanghai for 13 years. As one of the ‘older’ students, transitioning to a new field and a new country was a significant challenge, but I’m glad I did it. I enjoy exploring life in Adelaide with my friends. The city has so much to offer, from stunning beaches and wineries to scenic hilltops and delightful wildlife. I’m a huge fan of rock and roll music, especially from the 70s.

For newcomers to this city, my advice is to stay engaged and make the most of your time. This means participating in both academic and community activities and seizing opportunities as they arise. As an introvert, I want to specifically encourage my fellow introverts: you don't need complete certainty to begin something. Sometimes, you just need to try, and often, you'll do much better than you expect.

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