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Student Life of Vorleak Ban

International student from Cambodia, Vorleak Ban is studying the Master of Professional Accounting at CQUni Melbourne campus to further her accounting career. She shares her experience in volunteering in a social innovation program, the importance of work-life balance and never giving up when things get hard.

Student Life of Vorleak Ban

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They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. This is what I remind myself every day, and this is my story.
Hi, my name is Vorleak Ban. I started my Master of Professional Accounting at CQUniversity. I chose to study this course because I wanted to further my qualification in an overseas environment.
Studying overseas has its challenges. I remember I had difficulties with public transport. Another challenge was Australians use a lot of slang. But I'm getting used bit by bit as I work part-time in a restaurant, and the job requires me to talk to different people every day. So my English is getting better.
At uni, what I have enjoyed the most is the opportunity to make a lot of friends from different countries and exchange our cultures. I have learnt a lot from the events I have participated in, one of which was a social innovation program to improve public access for people with disability. It was so rewarding to be a part of it. It really showed that Australia truly cares about
its people especially those with disability.
I have received a lot of career and academic support from the school, and this is so important for myself and other students because English is not our first language.
Once I graduate, I hope to be able to gain more work experience in accounting which I can further apply as I progress in my career in the future.
Just like how my friend recommended CQUniversity to me, I would recommend CQUni to my friends and everyone to study here because of what I have been able to achieve mentally and academically from the good study system delivered by my lecturers.
My confidence level has increased and I have learnt to express myself better in public. I have learnt that Australians work so hard but at the same time, they understand the importance of work-life balance. And this is a very great personal development tip for me.
I have some pieces of advice to future international students: don't compare yourself to others and live your life your way; and don't give up when things get harder. Always remember that the hardships you face are supposed to help you grow and make you stronger.
Be what you want to be.