Meeting new people in a new country
Time flies by so fast - this time last year I was casually considering whether to study abroad and now it has been two months in Australia already!
Understandably, some of you may be worried about meeting new people - especially in a new country. My best advice would be not to let the panic get to you - I can truly say that I have met many amazing people who I sure do hope I keep in touch with post study.
Get involved in opportunities given to you - such as in your halls.
Monash is unique in that it is very much halls focused (not entirely though), so a lot of the people you spend the most time with will be those you live with. So make the most of this and converse with anybody and everybody you see! Even if it is just a hello.
Darren, on my right is the first person I spoke to in halls, and we instantly got along well. *Shout out to Darren for helping me adjust to Australian life, I appreciate it more than you will ever know!*
Equally though, note that it is okay if you don't instantly click with the first few people you meet - I find that I am meeting more and more people that I get along well with as the weeks go by!
Leave your bedroom door open.
Whether you consider yourself a quiet or loud person - this technique will force you to be sociable in the most positive way possible!
If a door stopper isn't provided, consider investing in one or simply use something heavy like a bag!
Speak to people in your lectures.
What is better than making friends with your course mates so come deadline time, you can panic together?!
Get involved in societies.
Me with friends I made during the Monash Outdoor Society's camping trip - it was brilliant! This goes without saying: but societies are where you will meet like-minded people!
Societies also give you an opportunity to meet local students, who in Australia, are less likely to live in halls (tend to live at home)!
Speak to people randomly.
Some of the best people are the ones you randomly meet - in this case we coincidentally sat opposite each other in Wholefoods (a restaurant on campus) and started talking, later meeting up for an Indian dinner. *Shout out to Mudit for bearing with my craziness*
Whilst this can sound rather daunting: "what if they aren't interested in talking to me", remember that the worst they will do is bluntly answer your questions. However the chances are, they are probably looking to meet new people too, as was the case here!
Most importantly: Be yourself, have confidence that you truly are a brilliant person. Before you know it, you will soon be graduating with more friends than the number of books you read throughout your degree!
Shanita :) xoxo