My name is Simeng Gao My Chinese name is [Speaking Mandarin]. I’m from Beijing,China. I study translation interpreting, I’m
doing an exchange program here. I looked on the website that UWS has the best translation and interpreting major in Australia, so I applied here. Before I came to Australia,I always
saw Australia as a country full of white people because it’s an English-speaking country But I found out that actually it’s
a very diverse country, especially Sydney where people from all kinds of backgrounds
are living here together I think it’s a good experience to get to know people from different cultures and
everything, and I really love the life here. I was really scared on the first day
because this is the first time that I have ever been in an English-speaking country.All the signs in the airport are all written in English,
too much information all at one time. When I had contact with several local people here they were so nice and friendly, I feel
a lot more relaxed because I know I can always get help. Students here are really welcoming, I learned a lot on orientation day from the students here, and I also enjoy the MATES program. I had a great mentor he has taught me a lot of things about the studying life in uni as well as how to adjust to life here
in Sydney. I really appreciate that. The lecturers and tutors are always helpful when they know that I’m
an international exchange student, and also Student Central provided a lot of help to me, it’s actually really comforting to a foreigner like me. The tutor will always require us to do some
group discussions. That actually gave me more opportunities to express myself.
I think that really benefits my learning. I got to experience what it was to be like
a real interpreter because there’s so much practise in class, and the tutor and the lecturer would tell us a lot about what would happen if we’re actually doing this job, so it actually prepared myself
as an interpreter in the future, and benefits my future career. I had many options about accommodation here but I ended
up choosing to live on campus. I live in a four-bedroom villa.
This is new to me, I never lived with another person before, and it’s nice
to have each others’ back whenever we need help, so it’s a great experience.
There’s a common room on campus for all the residents here and people get to be social, meet new people, make friends and spend some leisure time together. During the travel I met a lot of people and learned a lot from their life experience. It’s more rewarding than just learning, actually! I want to say thanks to all the people that I’ve met here
because they’re always ready to help me and also they make my life more interesting. [Speaking Mandarin]