Last three weeks, I've spent a wonderful time in Melbourne, living with a lovely host family. Happy time always flies and it's just hard to say goodbye. Now I am at the Hong Kong airport and want to write down some feelings at the moment.
In the first place, I do appreciate MPI giving me this precious opportunity to experience all those wonderful things in a foreign country. One won't have true feeling of the culture of a foreign country unless living there. That's why experience is so important. I was so lucky to have such a chance to learn and live in Melbourne for three weeks. During this span of time, what I've got is far more than I expected. I still remember my expectations when I applied for this global professional program and to be honest, at that time I didn't have a clear idea what I really want to improve. However, changes did happen to me in a positive way. As a student majoring in Computing Science, it's quite difficult for me to keep a healthy and regular life style and staying up happens almost every day. I tried many times to adjust my time to be normal but in the end I failed anyway. However, in Melbourne, I lived in a suburb which is far from the city and to be on time at class, I had to get up at 6:30 every morning, which means I had to go to bed earlier than I used to. In fact, this was all about how to cultivate and keep a good habit, at first, it's really hard and all you need is to insist and not to give up. There's no doubt that external factor plays a great role in cultivating a habit, but self-discipline is the essential key which keeps it in the long run. I did benefit a lot from this process.
In addition, all the courses provided by the Monash College were well-established, including practical and useful context-specific communication skills. By learning those practical knowledge, I could easily initiate a small talk with someone that I didn't know well and behaved properly in school and host family. Those skills are considered as a communication bridge between the individual and the whole outside society, by which a good impression can be left on people's mind. Moreover, I used to be shy and limited myself within the introverted personality. However, I started to believe that I could do better than I thought and be open to the outside world. It may not seem to be a big deal to those extroverted people, but I know how hard for an introverted person to overcome this obstacle. In my personal view, I value this progress of being proactive, courageous, confident most and I am proud of myself stepping out of my comfort zone and embracing challenges actively.
Furthermore, there were two industry engagement activities held by the GPP, in which I met several people in different area who can be considered as successful. Those people with similar backgrounds of being an international students and then getting a decent job abroad shared their own experience with us as well as offering some useful suggestions of how to perform well in the working place. Although those industry engagement activities were mainly about sharing some work experience with us and giving some useful tips to help us prepare for our future career, I did find these tips about how to prepare resume and interview were also applicable when applying for the master degree in the foreign countries.
In the end, I want to say that the three weeks living and studying in Melbourne is beatific. Meeting those kind trainers, the sincere friends from Shanghai and Japan and spending a memorable time together was the treasure of my whole life. Best wishes to all of you.