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”
This 4-minute audiovisual piece explores feminism and its representation through different art forms by Fine Arts students at the University of Melbourne.
Feminism in Fine Arts, that emerged in the late 1960s, allies with the idea of postmodernism to demonstrate the civil and queer rights. Today, Fine Arts allows artists to showcase their perspectives about the world through and highlight the influences, including transformation of stereotypes about gender identity and equality. Feminism has been a controversial issue not only in the society but also inside the University of Melbourne. According to Fairbanks, the University of Melbourne formed a Women’s Working Group in 1975, aiming to implement equal opportunity policies. Besides, Women’s Liberation Group from the Student Union has continuously organized significant demonstrations on campus. Hence, we believe that our project has the high potential to strike a chord among university students and staffs.
In our production, the featured students have contrasting cultural backgrounds but share a common goal to embrace and empower women in contemporary society throughout their art-making process. This mini-doco is about how two female Bachelor of Fine Arts students (Chi Nguyen and Samantha Hargreaves) present their concerns and interest in feminism at the university.
The piece represents passion for arts and aims to trigger the audience’s inner feminist as well as motivate female students to make a breakthrough in their careers as well as daily lives.
Shiyao Yu: Camera operator
Hoang Ha Vien: Editor
Prachi Tyagi: Producer, interviewer
A huge thanks to Dr. Steven McIntyre and Megan Beckwith along with Daniel Hayward.
(Apologies for the typo in Samantha’s name in the video)