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.
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.