Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure but it’s also a major challenge, especially when there are 12,965 km between you and your usual support network.
I graduated in 2011 and I have been working since then, so for me going back to school has required many changes. I had to shift my mindset and routine from an 8-hour workday to a full-time study load, in a different language and a different study area. Luckily, I have been able to adapt quickly (I think!) thanks to my very special support network.
I only had 3 weeks of face-to-face classes, but I was lucky enough to make some friends during that time. I have been relying heavily on these friendships for support through this first term. We have been sharing our thoughts about lessons, doubts about assignments and advice on how to adjust to our current online studying. Hopefully, this will carry on for next term with the opportunity of doing it face-to-face as things start to slowly go back to normal. Professors and additional tools like Studiosity have been of great help as well.
I have also been relying a lot on my Aussie housemates. They have helped me adapt a lot quicker to living in this country because let’s face it, there are huge differences between Mexico and Australia. From simple things like understanding the grading system, to providing me context on local issues that have come up in some units. But most importantly, they have been my biggest moral support network through this first very uncommon term. They have been there with encouraging words and ice cream when I things weren’t great and I realise how lucky I’ve been to have found such and incredible support network.