I am Dannia Menon and I am the current president of The Singapore Link ( TSL) in Murdoch University and on behalf of my committee members, I am pleased to extend my warmest welcome to all returning students and new members (:
So this is it – Another Year, Another Semester. Back to school for some of us and a fresh start for others. I hope each and everyone of you’ll are doing fine and have almost settled in or settling in well into the new environment away from home. Won’t be easy but trust me, it gets easier as time goes by. You’ll just have to get used to it.
This would almost be my third year in Perth and I am just recalling how it was for me to have to leave my comfort zone into an absolute foreign country knowing no one at all. But you know these are one of the many moments in our lives that we tend to hold the strongest meanings close to our hearts.
These are often moments in our lives that we fail to see how things around us change but every so often we forget that these changes, are nothing but the decisions that we have taken upon ourselves. Hence, I am pretty sure that you and I are pretty much on the same boat in that sense. We’ve both decided to take this life altering decision to leave our comfort zone and study abroad.
I know ‘life altering’ may sound a little too exaggerated, but isn’t our lives constantly being exaggerated by everything? Like.. from societal expectations to people’s judgments, from K-pop and Korean reality shows to 3 hr long Indian movies? and come on, who doesn’t care about fashion these days? We’re constantly trying to accessorize ourselves, exaggerating our already dramatic lives. So whether it is small or big, all our decisions that we make and take alters our life one way or rather.
And somehow, it has led us all here, in Murdoch University. Of course we’ve all come here to secure ourselves with that paper that is so valuable in safeguarding our career folds but why compromise? I mean take a look around and tell yourself, you’re in a complete foreign country and this is a fantastic start to anyone and everyone to meet new people, make new contacts, foster friendships, nurture and exchange our cultural values with the others.
You want to make the best of whatever that is being offered here if not whats the point guys, what are ya’ll doing here, don’t you think you should have just stayed back in S’pore or something? Perth is nothing like Singapore, I agree, so why not enjoy it for whatever it is instead. Get engaged, keep urself mentally active ( for one reason that this is PERTH we’re talking about), meet all people from all over the world, enjoy the sky and the stars and Coffee!
Simple rule every Uni Student should live by:
Have Fun! Study Hard, Party Hard(er) ;P
Be part of the culture, be part of everything and make this Home away from Home. I did and I am sure in time, you would too.
It’s just how you want to take it all in.
Got 4 hour lecturers later today. Sianzzz… but till the next time,
PS: POTLUCK @ POOL DECK ON FRIDAY 6PM, Join us if you’re keen and check out our booth on Thursday if you want to join TSL for member benefits.