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Course: Master of Science (Forensic Science)
Institute: University of Western Australia
Location: Perth, Western Australia

When Kimberlyn Campbell first arrived in Perth in 2012, there were two things she couldn’t get over - Western Australia’s heat and vast distances.

"It was about 40 degrees, which is much hotter than at home in Jamaica so I wasn’t prepared for that. I also couldn’t believe the size of the state. You can cover a lot of Jamaica in four hours by car. That doesn’t get you very far in Western Australia." .

The Australia Awards scholar spent two years in Perth, studying for a Master of Science in Forensic Science at the University of Western Australia.

Kimberlyn - Jamica - University of Western Australia

"I was concerned about the high crime rates in Jamaica, and I wanted to help bring the perpetrators to justice. At that time, Forensic Science was not offered by any of the universities in Jamaica so I applied to study in Western Australia. Between my formal studies, my visits to a local rifle range for hands-on experience and advice from a senior forensic ballistics officer with the Western Australian Police, I learnt a lot about firearms.

In Perth, Kimberlyn lived in a residential college on the University’s campus and socialised mainly with other international students.

"It was harder to make friends with Australian students, because many had gone to school together and already had their social networks so I felt a bit on the periphery. However I was a Residential Advisor at University Hall, which made interaction with local and international residents much easier."
"I also took part in a Council of International Students WA program where international students spend a weekend with an Australian family. I went to Albany on the state’s south coast. My host family treated me like a daughter, and it was good to see the sights through the eyes of Australians."

Kimberlyn believes Australia’s outdoor lifestyle is good training ground for potential leaders.

"I found myself doing things that I wouldn’t normally do, such as abseiling in Margaret River. I think if you want to be a better leader you need to explore your limits, and Australia was good for me in that way. I had to push myself."

Since her return home, Kimberlyn has since worked in Jamaica’s Government Forensic Laboratory helping in the fight against the trafficking of narcotics.

She remains in touch with her fellow students from the University of Western Australia and needs no encouragement to return.

"I would go back there in a heartbeat," she says. "I have such great memories of Perth."

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