October, 2015 Archive

Spooktacular Halloween in Sydney

Written by Entertainment

Believe it or not, Halloween is not considered novel. Records say the tradition goes back centuries, with strong influences from Celtic-speaking countries. Guising, better known as trick-or-treating has been around in the United States for around a century while only recently has Halloween saw a rise in celebration in Australia. It is a rare sight to see houses decorated with spooky cobwebs or children in costumes knocking door after door down streets, saying “Trick-or-Treat” hundreds of times, eager to fill their bags with candy (or whatever some households offer) in a competition to see who got the most. Instead on this continent, we find house parties where you have to dress up, theme parks that have their special night of horror or just a regular day to be honest. If you want to find an excuse to catch a breather in your studies, use Halloween as your excuse. Here are some events wrapped up for you for Halloween of 2015.

Event Cinemas— Zombie Movie Screenings

A big fan of horror movies? Get your butt to Event Cinemas Myre Centre for their special Halloween screenings of Shaun of the Dead (MA15+) on October 30th and Zombieland (MA15+) on October 31st. If you’re in the mood to dress up, come at 6:30 p.m. before the screening at 7 p.m. for the Frightful Zombie Party and put on your best look for a chance to win a prize awarded to the best-dressed.


 Luna Park— Halloscream III: Curse of the Forgotten Funfair

If you love a great scare, Luna Park will not fail you. For two nights, Luna Park will transform into an abandoned amusement park with plenty of good eats, special attractions and spooky rides. Best dressed prizes will be awarded that night and special family package deals are also available. So whether you are a chicken or a ghost hunter, there is bound to be something for you to enjoy.


Ivy— The (under)World Unites

Voted one of the best parties in the world by multiple alcohol brands, the biggest Halloween party in Australia comes back for another year of games, dancing and of course, drinks. Have your face (and even body) painted before hitting the bar for Halloween cocktail specials and later grabbing some chilli dogs. The party takes over every inch of Ivy, as people from all countries come together and celebrate more than just Halloween, but what they share in common.


 I Heart Uni & Voodoo’s Mega Spooky HALLOWEEN PARTY

The largest and most reputable university network is hosting another intervarsity Halloween party this year! With a huge venue capacity no short of DJs (you have 30+ DJs playing across 3 Level Dance Music Arenas) and Halloween acrobats, I Heart Uni’s Halloween party is the best great way to meet students from other universities who share the same spirit.


Our Joint World Record Attempt: The Largest Gathering of Skeletons

Be a part of history by joining the Guinness World Record attempt to have the largest gathering of skeletons. By registering, you get yourself a free skeleton onesie to wear while making your way through the haunted houses or enjoying live entertainment, as well as the food and drinks and etc. More than just being a part of history, be a part of this good cause that is raising awareness and donating funds towards vital research on arthritis and osteoporosis, both of which are commonly found in children and adults.


The Halloween Cruise (hosted by UNSW ProjectHope)

In collaboration with UTS HKSA, USYD CSA, MACQ RiderMQ, ProjectHope (a UNSW student-run organisation which raises money for the education of disadvantaged children in China) is hosting a Halloween cruise on the night of the holiday. There will be 3 levels of fun, with constant flow of food and drinks, costume competition, free photo-shoots from professional photograhers and much more. Prizes will be handed out all through the night and raffle tickets can be bought to win huge prizes.


 Jurassic Lounge at the Australian Museum

This is the one time of the year when the Museum is transformed into an adults-only party, filled with alcohol, DJs, performers, and our fav: dinosaurs. Visitors will have special after-hours access to exhibitions that showcase precious gemstones, large dinosaurs and the new Wild Planet gallery that features over 400 animals. With 60 impressive Jurassic Lounge events, it has attracted over 68,000 visitors and you better be one of them this year.


Sydney Zombie Walk 2015

Ever watched The Walking Dead imagining what life would be like as a zombie? Amen, God has answered your prayers with the Sydney Zombie Walk that takes place on October 31st. Go full out with your costume and walk the streets of Hype Park with other zombies. That’s right. I’m talking ripping shirts, covering your face with tomato cause, putting on that best groan you let out from uni assessments and drag yourself around like you do to a 9 a.m. lecture. No, we are not recreating The Walking Dead series but rather raising awareness and fundraising money for the Australia’s Brain Foundation. 100% of proceeds go to the foundation to research Australia wide into neurological disorders, brain disease, and brain injuries for advance diagnosis, treatment, and patient outcomes. Who knew being a zombie could do so much good?


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Don’t dwell on bad internships

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Australia’s competitive job market has made landing a job after graduation no piece of cake.  As students, we try so hard to have an edge in the job market that we would do anything to gain experience through internships, paid or unpaid. We hope it will result in reference letters and glowing resumes that set us apart from the others.

In recent years, however, there has been heated debate over internship practise, and it remains a controversial issue. Are they exploitative or beneficial?

In the Sydney Morning Herald, Natalie James said that unpaid internships “should not move beyond merely learning and observing”.

But, if that’s the case,  then would we learn anything by doing menial tasks like making coffee or running errands? While internships are still in the grey area, it is made even more confusing due to the lack of regulations. We often find ourselves in a situation where we do not know our rights and are often unsure of what we can reasonably expect or demand from prospective employers.

Then how do we decide if an internship is worth it or not?  Here are some signs to help you identify a ‘bad’ internship opportunity.

Your employer makes you work full-time hours

It is advisable that you are aware that you are an intern. Interns are not supposed to assist with business output and productivity, nor should the employer gain direct advantages from your duties. Collen Chen, co-founder of Interns Australia, said to Right Now that ‘intern’ work should not be integral to the business, and the business should not gain more benefits than the intern.

Your internship is more than three months long

The point is to remember that placement is always a short-term arrangement.

You have not learned a new skill

Remember that internships are meant to give you practical work experience that you can’t learn in classrooms.

You are labelled “the intern”

Interns are at the bottom rank of workplace hierarchy. However, it doesn’t mean that you should not be acknowledged. You have your duties and responsibilities as other employees, just in different ways. Remember, you  deserve to be treated as an equal.

Your internship has no clear goal

For you to develop your skills, your manager needs to discuss and establish clear goals at the beginning of your internship. These goals also need to be reviewed periodically and your performance needs to be reviewed at the end of your internship.

Your manager ignores your feedback

Interns deserve a productive learning environment. When your manager ignores your feedback, that means you are not valued as part of the team.

All you do is fetch coffee and make copies all day

Interns should have real responsibilities. You should not be assigned to only menial tasks that contribute nothing to your learning experience.

You don’t know who to report to

It is true that interns don’t replace regular employees, but you need to work under close supervision of existing staff. You need to know clearly who to report to. Interns need a manager or supervisor to work with closely, answer questions and give real world advice.

If you  see some of these signs in your current internship, please do evaluate the value of your experience. While having an internship is better than none, a bad internship is not worth your time.

If you feel like you’re being exploited as an intern, and you feel like you are facing a problem, you need to stand up for yourself. Talk to your manager, talk to your supervisor, make a conversation with the HR rep or the internship coordinator. If that doesn’t work out, or you feel uncomfortable talking to them, seek assistance from your university’s careers service.

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, once said, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”.

Be it project management, be it barista skills, be it fixing that Xerox photocopy machine, we learn by experiencing them. However, it is our call to put an end to internships that don’t benefit us.

For internships that us unhappy and dread going to work everyday, don’t dwell, but move on.

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Jet Lag, Schmet Lag: Yes or No?

Written by Entertainment, Health

“More than half of travelers believe that sleeping on the plane is the best way to counteract jetlag, while 15 per cent change their watch to the new timezone in advance to help avoid tiredness.”


(Photo: GETTY)

It is four in the morning and your eyes still wide open, your brain is drained out and you are lying on your bed in a hotel. Thanks jet lag! This costs you for a single flight over 10 hours and travelling through to many time zones.


“There is nothing worse than being exhausted on vacation or on a business trip.” 

Jo Piazza, Managing Editor for Yahoo Travel

What is Jet Lag?

Jet lag is defined as “travelling across time zones…which can disrupt regular patterns of sleep and wakefulness” (Jet Lag and Shift Work, 2007). When you are flying fast from west to east, or east to west, you will have a change in time zones. For instance, when you fly from Paris at 7:00 p.m, after 6 hours your flight will land at 7:00 a.m. Boston time.

Yet, your body clock will feel like the middle of the day — because back in Paris, it actually is, midday.

Then, if you feel a mixture of nasty symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • poor sleep
  • insomnia
  • disorientation
  • reduced concentration
  • headache
  • stress
  • nausea
  • gastrointestinal distress
  • stiffness and muscle pain

– most likely you will be suffering jet lag!


“There’s no single silver bullet, because the physiological cause and impact of jet lag upon your body is complicated stuff”

– David Flynn, business travel expert and editor of Australian Business Traveller

Shifting to new time zones can confuse your circadian rhythm (body clock) which regulates your hormone production, body temperature, sleep patterns, and appetite. As a result, it may cause sleep disturbances. In this situation, you probably feel sleepy when everyone else is having breakfast, and you stay wide awake when people around you are falling  to sleep.


Stories of overcoming jet-lag

Quentin Long, owner of Australian Traveller and International Traveller magazines

Mr Long, annually travels between four and five return long-haul (plus numerous domestic) flights, can be considered a ‘travel professional’. He states that its effects worsen as one gets older.

His tips:

  • drink a lot of water on the flight
  • sleep if you need to sleep or perhaps use sleeping pills

Anh Dang, a current exchange student in the US

He was suffering “horrible” effects of jet lag last summer, when he had a chance to fly from the US to Vietnam to visit his parents. In the first 2 weeks, he could not sleep before 2 in the morning (that is the time when he takes nap in the US) and had to take longer nap during lunch (about 4-5 hours).

His tips:

  • Sleep or stay up in the first 24 hours when going to a new time zone
  • Then waking up or sleeping and tried to catch up with the schedule of this time zone.

This way, he felt much better after the second time.


But…. It seems to be easier to speed our internal clocks than to slow them down.

“Fortunately, jet lag is usually temporary…” says Healthy Sleep website. Since our internal biological clock gets used to external signs in the new environment, it will slightly adjust itself day by day until it is aligned with the external environment.

So, common advice for the first few days for you

  • exposure to daylight
  •  be active
  • eat and sleep at in the new time zone
  • avoid long daytime naps in order to promote nighttime sleep

And Enjoy Your Trip!

Photo by disgustipadoIan ‘Harry’ Harris and Youngtae Kim

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Celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Written by Entertainment, News

The Mid-Autumn Festival has always been a huge holiday in China. In fact it is the second most important holiday behind Chinese New Year. On the 5th day of the 8th lunar month with the arrival of autumn and appearance of the full moon, this festival originally celebrates gratitude for good crops and harvest, explaining its importance to the large farmer population in China.

“Legend has it that Hou Yi, the powerful hero who shot down nine of ten suns, received an elixir that has the power to send him to heaven and transform him into a god. He secretly gave the elixir to his kind-hearted wife, Chang E, for safe keeping, unaware that Peng Meng saw it. Once Hou Yi went out hunting, Peng Meng rushed to Chang E and demand she hand it over. Refusing to hand it over yet knowing she wouldn’t win, she swallowed the elixir and immediately flew up into the sky. It was her love for her husband, however, that drew her towards the Moon, the nearest place to Earth. Devastated by what happened to his wife, he offered her favourite food on the altar as a sacrifice . After hearing that Chang E became a goddess, folk people have since offered sacrifices to Chang E to pray for peace and good luck”

The festive atmosphere starts as early as one-month prior  with lanterns decorating the streets, vendors in markets selling moon cakes and families beginning to prepare for gatherings.  However, decorations aren’t a common sight on the streets now; only certain areas hang lanterns or  red banners with yellow Chinese characters saying “庆祝中秋”(Celebrating Mid-Autumn).

In addition to lanterns on the street, occasional street performances can be seen featuring the vivacious dancing dragon, the rhythmic drumbeats and loud golden clash cymbals.

During the days leading up to the festival, moon cakes  are the most popular item in a supermarket (and often the most common gift my dad received from his colleagues).

Traditional moon cakes consist of a soft pastry with a chewy, flaky or tender crust,  chewy, flaky or tender, enveloping a type of filling inside.

  1. On the top: an imprint on the crust with Chinese characters meaning “longevity” or “reunion”, designed with additional fancy prints around the characters.
  2. Inside the moon cake:
  • various fillings, but lotus seed paste (with or without egg yolk)
  • red bean paste
  •  jujube (dates) paste
  • five kernels (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds, or almonds) held by maltose syrup have remained as the four classics.

Today, a wide range of exotic options exist such as fruit, ice cream and even seafood fillings!

My fondest memories are of my dad coming home with boxes of moon cakes in which my family and I would indulge in (my favourite were, and still are, red bean, egg yolk and pork fillings).

Moon cakes have always been a staple of the Mid-Autumn Festival and eaten to experience this holiday in the traditional style. .

Of course, there are more to just moon cakes on this special occasion.

The most important aspect of the Mid-Autumn Festival is family, cousins, uncles and every family member unite at the same place, same time to celebrate in their own fashion. Families that are more into tradition might light incense to pray to the gods before heading outside to sit on wooden stools and chatter under the goddess Chang E  living on the round, silver moon. Families of the new generation like mine look forward to preparing a big celebratory feast at home or finding a nice restaurant to enjoy.

Fireworks and lanterns light up the skies while large light figurines of dragons or lotuses float on small bodies of water. Families go out together to appreciate the scenery, yet still others  choose to stay at home on the couch and watch the Mid-Autumn Festival Gala while eating sunflower seeds.  Some may find the gala  a bore, but it’s one of those traditions that complete the festival in a way.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of Chinese holidays, seeing the banana that I am, but the Mid-Autumn Festival has got to be one of my favourites. As I grew up, my celebratory traditions have changed, but one tradition remains the same: family gathering.

My family might not be in Sydney with me to celebrate, nor are my senses able to pick up any of the usual Mid-Autumn festiveness in China but I have my new family of friends to eat moon cakes and attend the Cabramatta Moon Festival to feel at home with.

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Soccer – a bridge between NSW police and International Students

Written by Entertainment, News, Student Life

The NSW police force held a friendly Beach Soccer Tournament at Coogee in competition with international students last Sunday as part of a mutual bonding experience.

The multicultural-themed tournament started at 8:30 am with almost 200 students of all genders and ages from more than 37 countries hitting the sand and playing matches in a round-robin fashion.


“Soccer, the world game, is a terrific way to celebrate different cultures and what they bring to the Australian community, while promoting social awareness and inclusion,” said Corporate Sponsor for the Safety of International Students, Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate.

Despite poor weather conditions, thousands of spectators showed up with high spirits to cheer on players and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere full of music, food and dance.


The day concluded on a great note for the Chile team, after an intense grand final match against the police team, with Chile taking out the competition 1-0.

The event showcased a great deal of multiculturalism amongst students representing Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, all of whom study or studied at schools, TAFE colleges, English language colleges, universities and other educational institutions in NSW.

“I got to know different cultures and made some friends from Columbia, India and Malaysia,” said Bangladeshi graduate of the University of Western Sydney and winner of the tournament’s Strongest Display of Community Spirit and Support Award Anup Sarker.

“They’re playing in a different team but it’s nice that we are connecting [with] each other [from] all over the world. This type of event actually brings all the people under the same umbrella and we can connect so quickly and easily because we don’t have our families here so friends become family.”


With a high influx of international students studying abroad in Australia, the police force priorities student safety as number one but given that many international students fear police officers based on personal experiences in their home countries, the NSW police aims to build trust and partnership with the culturally diverse communities.

“[For] a lot of the contestants we have here, [the police] in their home countries are not always the people you would go to when you are in trouble… The beauty of this event is we [police force] can show the students that we are approachable,” said Office Dean Lindley.


“If they are in trouble, they should come to us; we’re not going to extort them for money or anything like that. It [the tournament] just breaks down the barriers between students and if they get into any trouble, they can come to us.”

This free, culturally-friendly Beach Soccer Tournament at Coogee of 2015 was the biggest and best tournament police have ever hosted since 2013.


“We really appreciate the support from the local community, as well as the educational institutions, Randwick City Council, event sponsors and local business, all of whom played a part in making the day such a success,” Dept Supt Dengate said.

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Once Upon a Time on an App Called Tinder

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

If someone told me a year ago that I would be dating a guy from Tinder, I would have laughed my ass off.

Having spent more than half my life in China, I accepted the friends-crush-date-couple-lose virginity sequence. However, after four years in New Zealand and another ten in Shanghai, studying at an American International School (it’s complicated I know,but bear with me), I became open to “new options.”

16219770871_7fb4c8a9ac_kFor a while, I embraced the single life— drinking at bars, partying at clubs and making out with schoolboys. Then I started to feel a bit lonely. Don’t get me wrong, I had the best friends in the world who cared about me and made me feel loved; but there was something, that special love from that special someone, missing in my life.

My bestie recommended Tinder but I opposed social media dating at the time. Then one night, I saw Tinder was one trending search on the app store. I found my finger tapping the app and looking over its summary.

I can get shy when it comes to approaching guys, especially attractive guys, which explains why I only had four guy friends. I’ve stopped drinking and clubbing too so I don’t get out there as much. But I thought, “It doesn’t hurt to try… right? After all, it’s just a platform to flirt around with, not like anything serious would happen”. Impulsively, I tapped “Get” and in 10 seconds, Tinder was on my phone.


Tinder turned out to be fun to “play” with. In order to create a Tinder profile, it must be connected to my Facebook, ensuring legitimate identity of the person, .I chose my range in age and distance, and set my preference to view males only. Then came the fun part: the profile picture and bio. I chose the best picture I had of me on Facebook and a few other photos that were genuine and free of edits or (excessive) make-up. I knew a funny bio would be a big boost to my profile so I wrote “I’ll give 35% of a shit for your appearance and 65% of a shit for your personality. Sound fair?”. That sure got a lot of my conversations going, and it was the starting point for my relationship with my boyfriend, who I matched with early June.

Yes, it’s possible to find a boyfriend on Tinder. I am living proof. We have been dating for almost two months now, still in the honeymoon phase. I feel happier than ever and everyone around me sees the glow. I never believed in perfection, but he’s the closest thing to it.


I know every Tinder story doesn’t end up like mine but isn’t all that bad. Sure it seems superficial because your swipes are based on appearance and a short bio, but in reality, we judge a book by its cover without knowing it. In a sense, Tinder actually cuts those boundaries because your personality might stand out as you engage in conversations with your matches. Your match might take your appearance less into account when he or she finds out how awesome your personality is during your date.

So give it a go; it doesn’t hurt to try.

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Test Slide Post Demo

Written by Uncategorized

Blue banded bee

Macro photograph of a blue banded bee

Leafcutter ants in Boca Tapada, Costa Rica

Leafcutter ants in Boca Tapada, Costa Rica


Long-exposure photograph of fireflies in a forested area near Nagoya City, Japan

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5 Secrets of Moving to Another Country

Written by Entertainment

Phase 1: Before leaving home

Family and friends overload you with instructions from their own experiences of travelling (but forget to mention things that actually needs preparation). It’ll make you have very high expectations for your dream country.

“Western countries have very high standards in terms of appearance”. You get nervous and shop for too much stuff that you don’t even need.

“Everything will be so thoughtful and well-organized, that for the first few days you will just stare at things in amazement”. That didn’t happen to me. My sister and I had to coordinate for quite some time to find each other. There were no gate numbers or even anyone around to ask!

Phase 2: Arriving at your destination

For the first few hours you are overwhelmed with all the details that pour in from all the sides. They’ll almost drive you out of your senses. Apart from long airport queues at the airport, I don’t even have much memory of the day I landed in Sydney. The confusion and strain made me forget that I was in a new country. I had to keep reminding myself that it would be exhilarating to look out the cab window and observe!

Phase 3: This place is different

Comparisons, comparisons in all sorts of scales and details. The most significant of them for me, were the sounds. In India, the short sounds of horns constantly teint-teinting becomes normal and the importance of the road is identified by the amount of noise. But in Sydney, the same thing is represented by silence. The busier the street, the slower the cars and NOBODY HONKS HERE! Instead, the most overwhelming sound for me was the walk-signal beeps. They were like firing machine guns, urging me to

Cross the street or you will be killed!”

Phase 4: Self-awareness

Sydney’s highly systematic approach begins to make one self-conscious: Always stand on your left on the escalators andmove ahead if you’re standing on the right, can you cross the street when the walk sign is red?

Did I place order for the coffee properly? Did I say thank you and please the correct number of times? This constant self-nagging makes you feel restricted. But hey, I would choose these restrictions over the uncontrollable chaos of traffic, people, dogs and cows any time!

Phase 5: The final phase

You begin to make peace with your country, and this can take as long as a few years or as little as a few weeks.

After spending almost two months in this land ‘Down Under’, a completely unbelievable thing helped me achieve this. On my walk from the station home, a patch of road was covered with the fragrance of eucalyptus. It strongly reminded me of the times when my home town would be covered with the Raat-rani flower fragrance. I thought,

“Although this land is strange and stressful now, I can find the tiniest possible tings to establish my own connection with it. And that would probably make it my most comfortable abode ever!”

What about you?

  • Have you been yet succeeded in finding your own tiny connection?
  • What are the things that affected you the most, or made you feel comfortable?
  • Apart from food, what things made you miss your country the most?
  • Write down your comments below!

Photographer: Gerogia and Youngtae Kim

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Internships with Giants

Written by Student Life

When international students apply for an internship or are seeking for jobs, they might experience a few stumbling blocks; primarily the Australian citizenship and PR requirements. Through the stories of 3 international students, this article aims to educate and create awareness on international students who have managed to successfully secure themselves positions in institutions such as the City of Sydney Council, Westpac and Japan Trade Organization.

Linnea Wastberg

International Intern in City of Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Social Inquiry

As an intern in the Economic Strategy department of the City of Sydney Council, Linnea evaluated the implemented strategies of the International Student sector such as the usefulness and success of the Sydney International Student Guide. She also co-coordinated and co-managed the Lord Mayor’s International Student Welcome Reception 2015 by liaising with the respective stakeholders and managing the event. She is currently working on an Economic Strategy Plan to boost the international education economy and enhance the well-being of international students. This internship has enabled Linnea to have a greater understanding of the Australian workplace environment, improved her command of the English language, strengthen interpersonal, research and project management skills.

Linnea participated in the workshop-based program focusing on the Australian workplace run by UTS where she learned how to write a good CV as well as gained useful tips in regards to interviewing and dress practices. Based on her experience, students should take advantage of the university’s resources where one can develop intellectual skills by volunteering in the Orientation Week and Mentoring Program, speak openly and freely as well as take any opportunities to expand your networking.

Thi Tran

Assistant Intern in Westpac Bank
University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Commerce

Studying accounting and human resource management in UNSW, Thi did not expect she would get an internship in banking – a field that she has not had much knowledge and experience in. However, her solid voluntary and working experience in the International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) of City of Sydney and in her university has enhanced her communication, consulting, teamwork skills which paved the way for her internship position with Westpac. Her responsibilities in Westpac include assisting in developing the general products such as saving accounts, business accounts, mortgage, and the internal operation. In addition, the internship in Westpac has also enhanced her experience of the local Australian working culture which has greatly benefited her start-up business – The VOIS magazine.

Thi said that she was a little apprehensive at the start of her internship as she had to constantly ask her colleagues on an array of work related issues. However, actively seek out for advice would greatly aid your future professional career.


Project assistant intern in Japan government trade organization
Macquarie University
Bachelor of International Business

Miyu is an exchange student from Japan and her exchange program in Australia lasts for 10 months. The organization that she is having the internship does not advertise the position, however, she has great interest in the Asian economic and trading, and it motivated she to call to the Japan government Trade organization and inquire if they provide student internship. Subsequently, she sent them her CV, passed an interview, and got her internship after 4 months staying in Sydney.Her tasks are to listen to the seminars’ recordings between Japan and Australian governments and translate them, as well as write reports about the tendency of the investment and trading between these 2 countries. Her work contributes to the negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements, such as to reduce the tariffs from Australia to Japan and vice versa.

Miyu admitted she got the internship in this Japanese government organization because she called them to request the internship. This is also what she wants to share to the international students: take the initiative and show your enthusiasm by calling to the companies that you are interested in, it would work better than just sending an email or applying when they have recruitment advertisement.

So don’t be afraid to take a chance applying for an internship or part-time job position. You Can Do It! 

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The City of Sydney: International Student Leadership Ambassador (ILSA)

Written by Student Life

In the cover photo:

  • A Brazilian in his mid-30s gave up his 14-year experience as a lawyer in his home country to come to Sydney to start everything again.
  • An Indian mother left her 2 children and interrupted her 16-year management experience in India to pave the way to a better future for her kids
  • A young Singaporean who has traveled to 11 countries and has lived permanently in 6 different cities decided to land his foot in Sydney.
  • And the same goes for the 33 other people with yet another 33 amazing stories, none of which are less interesting than the other.

This is how OUR combined story started when we met each other in a government community program called ISLA.

ISLA is the abbreviation of International Student Leadership and Ambassador, a community program of city of Sydney which aims to provide support to the international student community, to help them to make the most of their experience in Sydney” (city of Sydney, 2015).

In order to bridge the gap between the international students and local communities in NSW, Mrs. Susana Nguyen, the Senior Community Program Officer, has chosen 35 representatives from 17 countries.

Sydney, being one of the most expensive cities in the world, has an advanced education and infrastructure which attracts thousands of students. However, it also possesses the traps and dangers that any city in the globe would have, making us disadvantaged as students, but even more so as Internationals.Despite that, our good and bad experiences have equipped us with the necessary life skills to make us more mature, more confident individuals who are more aware of their environment.

We smile with happiness at having new experiences and new friends; yet we also cry the tears of loneliness and worry about the expenses, the relationships, the assignments and everything that an international student would be concerned about. Therefore, we, ISLA, understand the international students the most as we are a part of them.

We work with each other, with international and domestic students and, with the NSWgovernment, in both local and international events. We might not know how far we can go and what challenges we might meet, but we have the same belief, the same vision and the same love for our fellow international students. We believe that together we can achieve our missions and our commitments to the government.

We are united in standing up and fighting for the rights of international students, to help them to adapt to the local life, to make the most of Sydney, to believe that there is still someone cares for them.

If you want to go fast, go aloneIf you want to go far, go together.

We have gone and will always go together, so no difficulty or limitation can stop us.We are International students. We are ISLA!

To update ISLA’s events, please follow our Facebook, and  more information about the ISLA program.


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