Syazwani has moved from Malaysia to Canberra to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the Australian National University (ANU).
“I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in Electronics and Telecommunication Systems. I chose this degree as I love maths and science, and I find it fun to play around with wires and components, undertaking complex programming and installation to make things work.
"I chose ANU for its reputation and location. Canberra is a small city which reminds me of my hometown.”
Bella is studying in Australia with assistance from Majlis Amanah Rakyat, a Malaysian Government agency responsible for the development and training of the indigenous Bumiputra population of Malaysia.
Thanks to flexible and online study options at ANU, Bella has found it easy to balance her study, social life and part-time job. Bella is working in a local bakery.
“You can manage your time to fit in your social or working life - I love that I can watch lectures online. I work in the morning for a minimum of five hours, then head to class and at night I will study or do my assignments.
"I work in a bakery, and I found it very easy to find a part-time job. I was actually buying a pie from the bakery, and something triggered in my mind to ask the owner if there were any vacancies, which there were!”
Bella has been living in an ANU student residence, and is enjoying the social aspect to life on campus.
“I used to live in a boarding school, so it is pretty much the same, except the ANU on-campus accommodation is lively and comfortable. Nearly every weekend there’s an event happening - from a Korean dinner to a Bollywood dance party, and I’ve enjoyed all the events held by the hall.”
Transitioning to life in Australia has been smooth for Bella, but adjusting to the weather has taken some time to get used to.
“Australia and Malaysia are both friendly countries. Everywhere I go people give me a smile and greet me. Even simple thing like holding door for me is such a lovely act from my point of view. Malaysia is a one season country - hot and humid year round - where Australia has four seasons. Getting used to winter has been a struggle for me but after three years, I’ve come to enjoy it and have discovered that I’m pretty good at skiing!”