When timing is everything: Simone Khoo's journey to Monash University's Clayton campus

Course: Bachelor of Business and Commerce, 2021
Institution: Monash University 
URL: www.monash.edu.au
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to travel and study independently? Live and experience a completely different culture than the one you grew up with? I did, and I almost lost my chance to exchange to Clayton, Melbourne during my course of studies in Monash University.  After a year of begging my parents to allow me to exchange abroad to Australia, my parents finally relented. I applied for the exchange program for the duration of five months in Australia from July 2019.

Those five months were some of the most memorable moments in my life. I was immersed in a university that had state-of-the-art facilities, and the size of the campus there was so huge it had its own postcode. Clayton had so many buildings that I didn’t get the chance to explore all of them during my time there. Studying there was a unique experience as the teaching style was different. I’ve made so many new friends from all around the world who exchanged to Clayton as well, and who I still keep in touch with today.

Living independently so far from home also made me appreciate all the things I have taken for granted back when I was living with my family. It also pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me socialise more with the people living with me. The memories I made there are irreplaceable. After my exchange program ended, my friends from Malaysia who wanted to go on an exchange to Australia in the following semesters weren’t able to due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, so if you ever get the chance to exchange to Australia, take it.


A weekly cooking session with my university mates, because it is much cheaper and healthier than ordering out.



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