A Trip to The World of Avocados

Hi guys, it’s Ha and today I will share with you guys one of my favourite volunteering experiences in Brisbane – a trip to Blackbutt Avocado Festival with QUT Big Lift a few months ago.

On a beautiful Friday afternoon in September, we hopped on a bus to go to Blackbutt, leaving our busy university lives behind. This was the first time I’ve ever been on a trip with a group of brand new friends since I came to Australia, so it was very special and exciting for me. Here are some highlights of the trip:

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Eight Inc. workshop with QUT students and staff

I recently attended a workshop hosted by Eight Inc. to discuss about a new project aimed at improving students’ learning experience at QUT, with both QUT staff and my fellow students.

Yaw talking about his experience as a QUT Connector

Yaw talking about his experience as a QUT Connector

Eight Inc. is a design company based in Singapore. Most of the designers are from the States. I guess QUT chose to work with this design company because of the new perspective a foreign company can bring to us.

During the whole day-workshop, lots of interesting conversation was generated among the attendees.

This workshop gives us students a lot of opportunities to talk about our ideas

This workshop gives us students a lot of opportunities to talk about our ideas

When asked about what makes QUT different from other universities, students talked about their experience of the real world focus that QUT has. For example, QUT offers students many work placement opportunities. I also talked about how QUT encourages students to take part in different programs on campus and forms a partnership with students to deliver different kinds of programs.

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I’m a bit nervous at the beginning of the workshop because most of the attendees are QUT staff on a senior level and there were only five students including me. But I’m amazed at how all the staff tried to talk to us and ask our opinion on a lot of the things.

I’m glad I attended this workshop and generated some meaningful conversation with other people on how to improve students’ experience!

QUT does not lie on its promises …

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Image: QUT’s 2016 International Digital Ambassadors
When I first started my master degree at QUT, I never thought that my first real world experience would be with the university itself.
Honestly, at first it was a little bit hard to understand all the platforms and consequently the opportunities that QUT could offer to us, international students. So, during the first year of my master I was a little bit frustrated as I was looking for internships on my own, out of the services QUT is offering to students.
Then during the long summer break I decided to look closer into the QUT virtual portal.
Now I am in my second year and I got an internship through Career hub, a QUT placement service; and just recently got the position of Digital International Ambassador! Which let’s be honest, got me extremely excited as now I do have a decent excuse to procrastinate in between two assessments!!! 😉
The team is really representative of Brisbane and QUT lifestyle, multicultural to the maximum. So we can all achieve great work with different perspectives, which is the world of tomorrow!
As a conclusion, if we work hard and get ourselves out there, QUT does not lie: it is
“ a university for the real world”
Thank you for creating those opportunities for us, international students!