Bo Jiang (Jennifer)Hometown: Kunming, Yunnan province, China Studying: Master’s of Teaching (Secondary)
Why did you come to Australia?
Because I would like to improve my English, and most importantly, to gain different life experiences. I majored in English when I was at the university in China and I used to teach English in different language schools for many years as my part-time job. However, I realised if I would like to improve my English to a higher level, I should study and live in a country where English is the native language although I had a lot of foreign friends in my hometown and practiced English with them very often. After comparing with America, Canada and New Zealand, I eventually chose Australia as it prides itself in multiculturalism, and it is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. In addition, I was also attracted by its more reasonable tuition fees of Uni and migration policy for all international students after graduation regardless of different races.
When did you first come to UNE?
I arrived in Armidale on 21st July 2011, and started my study at UNE on 25th July.
In July 2010, I arrived in Sydney from China and started my translation and interpreting studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). After the graduation, I came to Armidale and started my second Master’s study of Teaching Secondary at UNE due to my passion for teaching. Before I came here, I was warned many times by my friends living in Sydney that I might be very bored if I came here as Armidale is a small town in a regional area. However, when I got here, I immediately fell in love with this beautiful and peaceful town, where I found people are more friendly and helpful.
As an international student, I find I have to study harder than local students due to the inevitable difficulties of second language and culture. However, my efforts have been rewarded with good academic achievements and acknowledged by teachers. Apart from study, I believe that the involvement in Australian community and society is equally important for international students to enhance their experience. Although my study at UNE is much busier and harder than at the University of New South Wales, I accepted an endorsement from the former President of the Chinese Scholar and Student Association (CSSA) and was elected to be the President. I believe that it is an honour for me to create a ‘home’ for Chinese students, and able to help and support whenever they need it. I am a member of the Harmony Group, Postgrads and AIA Buddy Program, working collaboratively with these associations in international student welfare. I am also the education officer for the International Student Association (ISA) at UNE, in the belief that International Students deserve better services and treatment due to their massive contribution to the Australian economy.
My active involvement into a variety of activities organised by UNE or other associations makes my life in this small town interesting and fulfilling. I believe that a positive attitude for our life and study would make us happy and satisfied no matter where we are.