Adventures around South Bank

Thomas, Diploma in Engineering, QUT International College

Hi there, I’m Thomas from Vietnam, currently a Diploma student in Engineering at QUTIC. Today I’m going to share my exciting experience at South Bank, Brisbane.

This time, me and my friend Condi planned to have a day full of sun and water!

Christmas tree in King George Square

South Bank is just one bridge away from King George Square, and there are many things to explore: parklands, museum, art galleries and more! Mostly everything is free, but remember the closing times for museums and galleries are usually 5pm.

Morning is the best time to visit. Bringing umbrellas, hats and sunscreen is a good idea because it’s pretty sunny during the day.

1.First stop, the Ferris Wheel, the iconic thing in South Bank and it’s quite expensive to get a ticket:

$20 for Adult

$14 for Children

You can get a cheaper ticket when buying online. I think you got a nice view but I’d give the wheel a 7/10 for overall value.

2.  The pool and artificial beach is beautiful, lots of sun, people and joy, and it’s free! There are also coffee shops, restaurants, souvenirs and a children’s play ground.

The best way to keep cool in summer!

If you want to take a swim, you might want to get a locker.  For 3 hours, a small locker is $4, twice that size is $6, and you must pay by coins.

Because I’m the only one who have coins, as you could guess, here goes my $6. Also there are also bathrooms with shower cabin for us to change and shower afterwards.

I love the artificial beach, it’s clean and very comfortable. I feel like I could stay there the whole day, relaxing, enjoying the coolness of water under the heat of the sun.  Overall, 8/10

Streets Beach at South Bank

3.The Queensland Museum & Science Centre is our next stop; free to enter, except if you want to see the Gladiator show, which is $18 for Adult and $12 for Children. Going to this science museum is such an excitement for me, since I’m a real nerd.

Me, Myself and Dinosaur

The museum consists of three floors, starting from level 2 of the building (down below is the bus stop). It showcases us the evolution, the beauty and a variety of animals, plants and humans in Australia along with technology and the solar system.

 

 

Everything is so well organised and designed, that it could make a person who had no interest in science and biology (my friend) become excited and curious.

I would definitely rate this museum a 10/10.

4.The Queensland Art Gallery is astonishing, there are so many cool pieces in there. Although I’m not a big art fan, I was in a good mood when leaving this gallery because it is quite relaxing being among all of the beautifully crafted creations.

The entry is free, and they even have paper and pen for you to create your own work of art!

I would say, if you have even a little interest in beautiful or creative things, give it a try. 9/10

Unfortunately, the trip ended early (after 4 hours) because we were too tired and both of us had some things to do in the afternoon. It’s such a pity because we missed the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) which is home to many famous travelling art shows. I promise myself to return to South Bank one more time to finish my journey!

After that, we traveled back to the city and had lunch. Luckily, it’s on him!

Sushi time!!

The Round Up February

New postgraduate courses in Engineering

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QUT now offers two new postgraduate courses with February and July intakes:

New course: Master of Counselling (PY12)

Gain advanced knowledge and skills in counselling therapy with an applied and experimental focus to your studies. You will also gain practical experience in QUT’s own Psychology and Counselling clinic.

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QUT Creative Industries graduate Jessie Hughes was chosen as one of 20 young (18-29 year old), high-achieving, tech-focused Australians to go on a study tour to Silicon Valley, USA.

Find out how Jessie’s curiosity of choosing tech-heavy electives at QUT and travel have opened up a world of endless opportunities.

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Education Courses Available for Mid-year Entry

July entry is now available for the following courses:

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Admissions in July is with suitable advanced standing (credit) only.

QUT Lecturer Australian University Teacher of the Year

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QUT to Lead National Robotic Defence Research

Federal Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced last month that QUT will lead research in the new Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems. QUT will headquarter the potentially $121 million research facility in Queensland.

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New App to Help with Summer Safety

Summertime can lead to many burns giving you lifelong scars and year’s of treatment. To prevent this, QUT’s Dr Leila Cuttle has partnered with Australian technology company iPug to release “Cool runnings”, an app to educate people on burn prevention and burn first aid.

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More stories from QUT and Brisbane

Why I become a QUTIC mentor?

Signing up for a mentor recruitment program was the first step that led me to other interesting events during my studying period in QUTIC. A quick flashback to my O-week, I remember I was nervous and excited at the same time. Everything was unfamiliar to me, and it took me quite a long time adjusting to college. This is the reason I wanted to help other international students who might face similar challenges, and to enhance their acculturation process. Below is a quick snapshot of what we (mentors) went through.

How excited we were on the orientation day for TP3, 2017?

When I knew I was selected to be a part of the Mentor Group for TP3, 2017, I didn’t expect to gain anything from this program. However, the teachers and friends who I worked together with throughout the whole period have moved my heart.  Nonetheless, becoming a mentor is not the only way to make college more memorable, there are plenty of opportunities and activities that are run by QUTIC. I strongly encourage QUTIC students to become more actively involved in social activities because you will never know what you have missed out on until you try. Watch a sneak peek of my mentor training journey.

Mentors in the jungle – (at Binna Burra Lodge)

Before this training, all members from the crew were strangers to each others. There were no greetings or a hand-waving, although we sit next to each others in classes and I didn’t understand why. No one took the opportunity to change the awkward atmosphere in the rooms, outside the classes, in the hallway, and in the eating area, or maybe it was just only me who felt that way. QUTIC is not that big, so we can get to know everyone in the same course within 1-2 weeks, but most people kept to their own.

After my mentor training, my schedule got busy due to extra work from being a mentor, but this change was a good one. I cared more about friends around me, started more conversations with acquaintances, interacted more with teachers, and invited students to join QUTIC’s activities. Despite of tons of homework waiting for me at the end of the day, I became more confident and excited to get involved in class activities more often. Eventually, I took on more roles and participated in other events because I know no matter the results, I will always have my group to back me up.

We threw a surprised birthday parties for Tony after the training.

Tony and the Girls

Tony and the Boys.

I’m glad that I made it through the program with all the members taking part in this teaching period. Everyone has directly and indirectly taught me something. I would like to give a big shout-out to Mrs. Lauren Bulter and Mrs. Suzan Gredig for their hard work with the Mentor Program. Making friends is absolutely going to make your studying journey more exciting, and there is nothing to lose. Besides, it is all about experiences and memories, and every single member of this Mentor Group TP3, 2017 are part of making my studies at QUTIC more memorable.

Short trip to Perth

Perth is the capital of Western Australia, situated where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. I went to Perth for a short trip to explore a bit around the city region and nearby suburbs. The flight from Brisbane to Perth took me around 5.5 hours and another interesting fact is  that Brisbane is 2 hours ahead of Perth even though both cities are in the same country.

From my impression, Perth has a similar urban design as Brisbane so it gave me a familiar feeling. I feel Perth is more spacious compared to Brisbane as I had to walk quite to get from one place to the other.

Photo: Elizabeth Quay at Perth.

Kings Park is a big park located at the western edge of Perth CBD. The park is renowned for its spectacular views due to its prime location on Mt Eliza overlooking Perth City and the Swan River.

Photo: One part of the Perth CBD landscape from Kings Park.

Photo: The view from Kings Park.

Photo: A good spot at Kings Park to enjoy the breeze with an excellent view.

Photo: Beautiful view from Kings Park with lovely weather.

Photo: One of the parts of Kings Park.

There are quite a few historic buildings turned into shopping areas in Perth CBD, so people can do their shopping under the historic ambience.

Photo: One of the shopping areas at Perth CBD.

Fremantle is the place that I would strongly recommend you to pay a visit whilst visiting Perth. I really enjoyed spending my afternoon there and I believe you would love the ambience too! Fremantle is part of the Perth metropolitan area and it is a port city.

Photo: Fremantle.

Photo: There are some entertainment facilities provided at Fremantle.

Photo: Seaview at Fremantle.

Photo: There are some street performance at the outside of Fremantle markets.

Photo: Chill away our afternoon with hot tea at Fremantle markets.

Photo: Delicious food from Fremantle markets.

Western Australia is well known for its beautiful beaches so I didn’t want to miss the chance to have a coastal walk!

I enjoyed exploring Perth. I believe you will enjoy exploring the beautiful city too! 🙂

 

Unveil the Mysterious QUT Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is a non-for-profit organisation which aims to promote Chinese language and culture. QUT Confucius Institute was established in 2008, the first in Queensland. It has worked with both QUT and local schools to deliver educational workshops and Chinese language classes.

 

While studying in China, I had heard about the Confucius Institute program where you can go overseas to teach Chinese. I was very interested in this opportunity, however, you need a teaching degree to be able to apply, so I wasn’t eligible.

After studying in Australia, I realised QUT has a Confucius Institute and I emailed them to show my interest in volunteering because I’m still very keen to teach Chinese even though I’m studying business. ( If you are also interested in volunteering, you can just email confucius.institute@qut.edu.au. )

One event that I participated in this year is Queensland Chinese Speech competition where both primary, middle and high school students from various parts of Queensland attended. They were grouped by age and background (being Chinese-speaking and non-Chinese speaking). I was very surprised to see the big turnout of both students and parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While volunteering as a floater in the competition room, I also got the chance to sit and listen to students’ speech. Some students stumble, others very fluent. Regardless of it, I can see how much effort they put in learning another language and how much support the peers show to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, QUT Confucius Institute hosted a thank-you event to thank the efforts all the volunteers put in during this year. Some previous volunteers also showed up and they now teach Chinese in local schools. So if you are a teaching/education student and are interested in gaining some experience, start with being a volunteer at Confucius Institute because they have a lot of teaching opportunities and collaboration with Queensland schools.

All the lovely volunteers and teaching staffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you are interested in learning Chinese, QUT Confucius Institute run basic Chinese classes every week. 🙂

Graduation is here!

I still remember what we were told during our Business Orientation session. “ It is hard to adapt to a new country, university and lifestyle all at once, but what you might not realise yet is that is even harder when you finish your studies”. Now I can relate to that feeling of leaving behind my student life. Whilst moving on is exciting it’s also scary at the same time. The future seems both challenging and uncertain.

Now I look back at my 4 semesters of studies and I realise how happy my life as a student was. I got very used to a routine and so attached to my Australian family (co-workers, housemates and friends) as well as the beautiful Brisbane city, which is so easy to fall in love with. NO, I am not saying that it was all pink, flower and magic during my studies. I definitely had some rough times, long nights, shaky presentations, bad notes, disagreements with professors and classmates, and issues with my sponsor payments (lack of payments). I had a couple of home-sick moments, one psycho flatmate, I got lost in the city after taking a wrong bus and having no battery left on my mobile, to name a few of the negatives. However, if I start to write the positives, I am sure I would need 10 blog posts, because my experience as an international student at QUT was way beyond my expectations.

Now when my studies are over, this is how I would summarise my uni life:

What I WON´T MISS about Uni-life:

  • APA / Harvard referencing, citing, referencing and quoting
  • Turnitin and the similarity percentage when uploading assignments in Blackboard
  • Weekend sessions at the library
  • Leaving the 24 hours laboratory after 10 pm
  • Breaking down, decoding, interpreting and analysing CRA´s (Criterion Referenced Assessment)

What will I miss about Uni:

  • Student discounts (Translink, Diving Tours, Museum or Park Tickets)
  • Orientation activities, specialy $2 AUD lunches at O-week
  • The excitement when seeing your grades in Blackboard
  • QUT stalker space 2.0 (It is not funny or useful if once you are no longer a student)
  • The Botanic Bar

Till next time.

Now it’s finally time for my master graduation ceremony. Can’t believe time goes so quickly, my study journey in Brisbane has almost come to an end.

Coming to Australia to study was a big decision. After planning my study journey for a long period of time, taking all the factors into consideration e.g. tuition fee, living expenses, independent life etc into account, I eliminated the hurdles and eventually boarded the flight to Brisbane three years ago. I was working for a while before going abroad to save up some money for my education and also to gain some life experience.

Photo: Brisbane City Hall at Brisbane City. Keen to know more about the city that I was going to stay for the next three years when I first came.

Initially I thought I am pretty brave to leave home and go overseas alone, but there are actually many people that are doing the same travelling from all over the world. Attending the QUT orientation program  is definitely a good way to get to know people from all around the world who will be studying at QUT. I got to know friends from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and many other countries. I met up with my Japanese friends in Tokyo when I went for a graduation trip to Japan recently. I feel happy that the friendship we developed QUT could continued even though we don’t see each other regularly. Don’t miss the opportunity to make friends with the locals, they are all nice and friendly!

The adaptation period could be the hard time to go through. Most of the shops close at 5pm and the streets become quiet. No mummy’s dinner is ready for me while I go back home from university. Dining out could be a burden in living expenses, so I still have to prepare my own lunch for university to save money. I didn’t know cooking at all previously but now I think I would be able to cook a few dishes for the families.

Photo: My housemates and I prepared gathering lunch together.

Studying in an all English environment has been a challenge for me. My native language is Mandarin and I grew up in a mixed language living environment. At the beginning, most of the time I felt lost during the lectures, discussion and conversation with course mates. As the time progressed, I think I was getting better in communicating in English even though there is still room for improvement. Living in an Australia is definitely a good way to improve your English skills.

All the written exams, assignments, practical tests and oral tests have never been easy to pass through. You really have to study hard to pass the different tests. I am glad that it’s  over now!

I’m so lucky to have got a job offer before graduation. I’m  going to leave Brisbane soon after my graduation ceremony and heading to Perth to work as an optometrist. Thanks to the support of my family that helped make my dreams come true. Not sure how the future is going to be but I believe ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’. Lastly, I wish all the graduating students all the best with your future endeavors.

Photo: Myself with the view of Perth CBD at King’s Park. Perth, looking forward to meeting you again soon!

Bye Brisbane! Till next time 🙂

p.s: Hopefully my sixty posts make you understand more about the international students’ life at QUT. I wish you enjoy your QUT life to the fullest!

 

Starting Life at QUT

Ever since I was in high school, I have had an interest in technology and its potential to greatly impact lives all over the world. When it came time to decide what I wanted to study at university, I was excited that there was a chance for me to be a part of future technologies that create impact.

I had a little programming hobby during my high school days and got to learn Information Technology in my senior years. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduating university – there are a lot of options nowadays such as getting a job, pursuing entrepreneurship, or studying more and doing research. One thing I knew though was that gaining skills in technology would be useful no matter which path I choose.

At the start of Year 12 I started looking for courses on different university websites whilst also deciding where I wanted to study. I really enjoyed living in Brisbane, but I was open to studying in other major cities around Australia. In my research I found that Brisbane has a growing entrepreneurial and technological scene with new opportunities constantly arising. I decided to stay in Brisbane, which helped me narrow my search to a few reputable Queensland universities. 

When the time came to attend the QUT Open Day, I fell in love with the QUT campus – it’s a very modern place that gave a feel of having a social and vibrant culture. I have a strong interest in leadership and self-development, so I was excited to find out about QUT’s Leadership, Development and Innovation program. I felt that QUT offered more than just a degree – QUT provided the opportunities to connect with industry and to develop myself in many different ways.

I am now in my first year of studying Bachelor of Information Technology at the Gardens Point campus. The campus is great, and I also get this beautiful view of Brisbane City on my way to university.

In my first year at QUT my experience has been filled with a lot of highs, lows and growth.  Before starting my first week, I went to O Week, during which I became familiar with the campus and lifestyle of QUT, attended workshops on how to cope with university life, and I met a lot of new people and made some good friends. Having attended O-week, I was really confident going into my first week of university.

Lectures and tutorials kicked off immediately. I found that our lecturers and tutors always promote discussions about the things we know and are learning, suggest new ways of thinking, and help us to solve problems and reach answers on our own. I’ve come to highly value the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that I developed from this. One of my favourite things have been the amount of teamwork I got to experience this year. In all my units, I have had at least one project that involved working with a group. I am normally dependent on my own skills to complete tasks for my studies, but the necessity of group work opened me to being curious about how a team dynamic would work with projects that I would otherwise have pursued by myself. It was fun and challenging. I got to learn about my strengths and weaknesses in group situations. Teamwork is an ongoing thing for me to learn and improve on (and a big part of working in the industry), which makes me glad that QUT introduced me to it from the very beginning.

One of my ways to spend my time is to volunteer at QUT. QUT Connect is a large community of students at QUT who take part in volunteering opportunities all year-round. I joined Connect in my second semester, and as part of it I’ve given presentations to new university students, helped run O-week activities, and promoted cancer research. It’s really rewarding to give back to the community while also gaining experience.

Through QUT Connect and the Leadership, Development, and Innovation program I’ve met a lot of like-minded people, and getting to know them has been very rewarding. Although this was the avenue where I found my group of friends, the wide range of clubs and events at QUT will provide many opportunities for you to make friends and connections with a lot of different people.

I used to rely a lot on myself to do everything, and now I’m learning how valuable external support can be, for any area of my life (coursework, career, QUT, life). This is because of the amount of support I get at QUT. It is easy to approach the lecturers and tutors. They fully understand that you are still learning, and so they care that you’re confident in understanding their teaching. It is really easy to get in touch with them; if not in class, we can email queries and get a response fairly quickly. There are many forms of help available at QUT that I’ve used throughout the year – peer mentors, International Student Services and medical services. I feel QUT tries a great deal to look out for our wellbeing.

Everybody gets to create their own journey at university. I’m excited to finish my first year at QUT soon, but I also look forward to making the most of my time next year and see where QUT’s opportunities take me.

 

The Round Up December

Apply now for Semester 1, 2018

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QUT wins the 2017 Global Business Challenge

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Pathways into OP45 Bachelor of Vision Science program

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Road Trip with friends

One of the greatest memories from my student life at QUT will definitely be the road trips I have done with my friends.

Me and my friends planned to go on a road trip to experience the beautiful countryside. My friends have driving licenses and cars so we just had to decide on the destination. However if you or your friends do not have a car, rental car services are very common in Australia. Pay attention to the driver requirements from rental car companies especially if you are holding a international driving licence. Do some research on the computer and you will find plenty of information.

IWe were a large group of people going on the road trip and even if it was a while ago, I still remember the beautiful day and all the laughters.

Our first stop was Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm which took us around 1.5 hours from Brisbane CBD.

Photo: Beautiful landscape at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Photo: Beautiful landscape at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Photo: You can enjoy a good meal from the chef at the restaurant there with such a great view.

Photo: We were lucky to see some lavender blossoms that day.

Photo: There are some nice souveniers available for visitors to purchase.

The next stop was Queen Mary Falls, which is located at the Main Range. The view was magnificient!

Photo: It looks spectacular while we were down under the falls.

Photo: My friends climbed up the rocks to take the photos with the beautiful falls and rainbow.

If you have an opportunity to go for a roadtrip with your friends whilst studying in Brisbane, definitely do it. It will be a wonderful memory of your uni life.