The highlight of my Griffith experience so far is that I've got to connected and become friends with students from many backgrounds. Their stories and experiences help to enrich my knowledge and perspectives. It is also that I've had opportunities to contribute to support other students to enjoy their university lives, for example, being a part of the Griffith Mates.
Overall, the environment and the staff at Griffith are very cooperative and accommodating. Moreover, different societies and services at Griffith are very helpful for a student to excel and solve issues.
I graduated at quite a young age from high school and I knew I wanted to study something medicine or biology related. However, I didn't want to start medicine just yet because I'm uncertain myself. I saw that Griffith is the only university that we didn't have to choose specific majors during Biomedical Science and keeps it pretty broad, rather 'specialising' only when continuing studies to a higher degree.
It was always my dream to study both Psychology and Criminology. In my country, there was only one university offering this degree. So, when I started to search for universities, Griffith immediately stood out as the School of Criminology is internationally recognised and in the top 5%. This was the reason I applied to Griffith initially, but I chose Griffith because there was simply no other university that made me feel so welcome and appreciated as Griffith did from the very first moment of contact.
When I first arrived in Australia, I didn’t know anything about this new place nor did I know anyone. The orientation ceremony held by Griffith helped me a lot to learn everything I needed to know for my studies. The friendly support staff and mentors made a huge impact on my positive start to being a Griffith student.
Griffith's support services have helped me with something that I personally have struggled a lot with - socializing and making new friends. Moving entirely alone to a new country was very difficult for me to adjust to, especially because I had no friends here and nobody to turn to when I needed help. Through Orientation activities and several Griffith Mates programs (volunteering day-trips and the Buddy Program specifically) have helped me meet new people and make friends, some of which are in the same courses as I am.
Griffith University is one of the leading research universities in Australia. It is a wonderful place to study, especially for Health studies. It is ranked among the top universities in the world and provides a multicultural environment for International students.
I learned all the academic differences between my country and Australia and had lots of opportunities to practise. Teachers and staff were friendly and provided excellent resources to study as well as extra student experiences. Additionally, it was a great place to make friends as all students had the same goal which was to improve their English skills and progress to University. We studied together and hung out together as well.