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Student Life of Thu Zar

International student from Myanmar, Thu Zar Linn is studying the Bachelor of Business at CQUni Sydney on a scholarship. She shares her love for her course and social innovation, and her advice to future students to choose a university that best suits them.

Student Life of Thu Zar

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It is not always about the top ranking or the most well-known - for me, it is about choosing a university that best suits me. This is why I chose CQUniversity.
[speaks in Burmese]
Hi, my name is Thu Zar Linn and I'm from Yangon, Myanmar.
The main reason why I chose to do the Bachelor of Business is that it is a combination of almost every topic that is really important nowadays. Although it's a business course, I am studying about social innovation, technology and information systems and various ethical theories.
I chose CQUniversity because of the ability to transfer credits. It usually is a very lengthy process getting exemptions with an overseas qualification, but it was quick here. After arriving here, I realised that this country is so diverse and it is home for everyone. I enjoy attending lectures and travelling to the campus because it's in the heart of the city and close to places like Darling Harbour, aquarium, parks and shopping malls. Being only 20 mins away, the location is very convenient for me.
I am part of the campus social innovation club and it inspires me each and every day. Talking with other club members and listening to their stories or ideas to promote social innovation on our campus is really inspiring.
I've been so grateful for the support here at the University. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship that reduced my 20% of my tuition fee.
When I first arrived at the University for my enrolment, I was getting support from the Academic Learning Centre even before my course actually started. It was a week-long workshop where we were taught how to write academic essays and how to reference. This was very very helpful, especially because we came from different parts of the world and had been exposed to different systems.
It is because of the level of support service available here, I've been able to transition smoothly and tackling my studies well. The main thing that I have learnt here is being independent. For instance, I was able to find accommodation on my own, learnt how to cook and drive on the left-hand side of the road!
As I will complete my course soon, I have been looking for internship and full-time employment opportunities. I am also considering to continue with a masters degree because I'm already with a good university that offers great support and affordable tuition fees.
My advice to future students is to do your research on which university is the best fit for you - for I have done that, and I've been very, very grateful.