Sydney Habour—-The Opera House
As many people know, I had a great and fun experience during my overseas student internship programme (OSIP), or rather known as ‘attachment programme’. Many had asked me: How did you manage to do it in overseas? By school? By grades? By chance? Well, my answer is No. In fact, I took a long haul route of troubles to get what I want.
Being able to step out of my own comfort zone and to see the different horizons of another city or continent is what I had yearn for ever since I was a child. With an ambitious and curious mind, I seek for nothing but adventure. To see the world, to remember them and keep them save in my memories till I age and grow old.
Having a strong mindset and determination, I started planning for my last semester, OSIP, since year 2. Instead of just following the usual flow of writing surveys and waiting for answers from the teachers if I could go overseas, I took the initiative to draft an email (with the help of my OSIP partner) and search for suitable universities that could cater to my needs. Besides, the school on offers two choices, which is of competitive and limited vacancies.
The criterias in which I select the universities are simple:
- A research group majoring on Biomedical or Pharmaceutical-related.
- A country that is safe and near home
Initially, it was tough. It was difficult. Tons of rejection emails and no replies from all the universities that I had mailed. I can say, I was desperate. I literally mailed about more than 30 institutes just to get a placement in any research group.—-any countries that is. However, to no avail. There were no good news at all and it was already about 6 months before our internship commence. I was upset and disappointed. It was like a broken dream. I wanted to give up and just suck it up with the school’s arrangement.
FLASHBACK: At that point of time, I was a dating this boy. ( I am not shy to admit it.) This boy which had given me good memories for a month and had broke my heart after. Ironically, he was the one that enlightened and reminded me the existence of THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY .—Totally slipped out of my list of universities. Hence, I decided to give it a try.– my last hope. I prayed everyday to God. Hoping He will answer my prayers.—Yes, He did.
I got a casual reply from the Professor from the Pharmacy department—highly related to my course, within a short period of time. I remembered clearly that I was pampering myself at a manicure boutique with my mum when I read the mail. No words can describe how happy I was. My heart skipped a beat and I was doubting my eyes if I had misread the mail: I AM KEEN TO WORK WITH YOU GUYS, PLEASE PROCEED ON WITH YOUR INSTITUTE….
Immediately, I texted my lecturer and told her the good news. After several months of procedures, aplications and acknowledgements were done, I was stepping on the grounds of the vibrant city, Sydney.—- after a year of struggle in getting an acceptance. The struggles are worth it, trust me.
We took off on 8 September 2012, leaving our friends and family back home. I set a goal and expectations for myself: To bring back only good results on my research, good memories and myself.
Accommodation: Long distance relatives’ cosy crib
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a clear ombre blue sky. Sydney, being described as a city of diverse culture, cosmopolitan and stunning jewel views. I couldn’t agree more to that.
#Day 1: Visiting EASTWOOD and settling down at WEST RYDE
Introducing my first found friend in Sydney, SIMBA!
#Day 2: The University of Sydney– Proud to be part of USYD
The magnificient GREAT HALL.—I am in Harry Potter land.
We explored the campus as a visiting scholar. We are proud of ourselves. Very much indeed.