I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I lived there for 19 years before moving to Perth. If anyone suggested studying abroad to me three years ago I would have said no without a doubt. I loved being at home in South Africa with my family, I never wanted to leave the safety net that was my home.
A couple years ago my best friend moved to Australia with his family and sometimes I wondered how it felt to move to a foreign country. My mom always told me it would be a new experience for me and that I should consider it. While I’ve always been afraid to step out of my comfort zone, I decided to apply for universities in Perth. Not long after, I came to Australia with my parents to visit the universities.
After visiting Perth, I was certain I really liked it and wanted to move here. I applied for a place in UniHall and a few months later I got the news that I’d been accepted. I tried to make the most out of my last few weeks in South Africa spending time with my family and brothers, l flew down to Perth with my parents. Surprisingly I wasn’t that nervous even when my parents left Perth. I was just emotional. A couple days after it hit me that I was all by myself, I had no one to rely on or anyone to help me with anything, I felt homesick and lonely. Things changed after a month of being in UniHall, I started to make good friends and enjoyed the college experience.
The longer I stayed at UniHall the happier I got, I could always count on having great friends to have my back. I felt that I was part of something, a community. Throughout the year, I grew as a person more than I ever did in the past 19 years and that alone makes this experience worth it.
Written by UniHaller Kavish
Kelly Sheppard, Marketing and Communications Officer, University Hall, 9273 3488