To celebrate my graduation, we decided to travel across Australia.
What better way to do that if not by road? For a second we considered taking a RV but looking back I’m glad we got cozy hotel beds to sleep in on our 12-day Great Australian Road Trip.
After touring around the city for two days, we crossed off the Yarra river cruise (an informative and interesting cruise), Queen Victoria night market (Wednesdays nights during Winters) and The Melbourne Star from our touristy checklist.
I recommend these fabulous spots to everyone coming to this city especially because you get to see the beauty of the city and taste food from around the would.
Since this was my dad’s first visit to Melbourne, I took him to my favourite place – Southbank which is a tiny walk away from Flinders station. Lined with amazing bars and restaurants along its bank, the Yarra river looks mesmerizing at any given time. Since my graduation was at the Royal Exhibition Hall, dad also got to see this World Heritage Site-listed building that also happens to be one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilion. Being a unimelb student, we’ve given our final exams here – several times in the last two years.
If you’re curious about our trip, read on to find out the places we covered and the highlights of each destination.
Day 1: Melbourne to Warrnambool via The Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles
Distance covered: 344 km
Highlights: We started the day in no hurry but by the time we had our stop overs at Geelong and Lorne, it was clear we needed to rush to see the 12 Apostles if we wanted to see them in their glory while the sun was still out. Although it says that this famous attraction closes at 5 PM online (which is exactly when we reached), we (thankfully) found a lot of tourists still taking pictures and hanging out. The highlight of this trip was catching the 12 Apostles view at sunset. It was absolutely gorgeous. Although this was my second visit to the Apostles, you can never truly get enough of the view.
To be completely honest, I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was. I knew it was going to be an adventure but not as crazy and unpredictable as it turned out.
I left my amazing life in Delhi to pursue my dream to study masters abroad. By the time I was applying for a master’s degree in Hong Kong and Australia, the want to finally get the higher studies box ticked off was too much to handle – even for me. My boss, my manager, my close family were all questioning it. But in my mind, it had turned into something that just had to be done. I had loved working as a communications manager and I was now ready to, in fear of sounding cliché, expand my knowledge. Some of the regular readers know I almost quit college after my first semester. It definitely wasn’t easy, and so, to help future students out – I thought a list of tips would be helpful for future students at the University of Melbourne.
One of the top reasons why prospective students apply to the University of Melbourne is because of its ranking. Just this year, it ranked 32 in the World University Rankings.
When I was looking to apply for a master’s degree, I did the same, unaware of the many factors that go behind deciding these uni ranks. I recently read an article by Maggy Liu in Farrago Magazine where she mentions the university’s less than perfect results in surveys that take into account – student support and teaching quality. Just like any other university, the University of Melbourne has areas where it can improve and continues to work towards its development.
Scholarships and employment opportunities at the University of Melbourne
One of the many common questions I get asked by international students is about scholarships. There’s a tiny window of opportunity here and checking out this and this will help you find out more information.
Prospective students (and sometimes even professionals) often ask about the job opportunities after graduation. It’s a hard question to answer since a lot of factors come into play in this scenario. Contrary to how I thought the world move forward, hesitant governments and companies are raising visa concerns for foreigners, including international students. With the constantly changing visa rules, immigration scene, Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL), its hard to confidently state getting a job is easy. A lot of networking, hard work and dare I say luck – goes into helping you get a job down under. Continue reading “Studying at the University of Melbourne: How To Be Prepared”