You Want to Study in Australia, But You Can't. What to Do?May 07, 2021

The school year started in this part of the world, but don't be surprised if some universities would accept (incoming) freshmen this winter. The pandemic changed what you knew about admissions, and it would be distressful, if not a disappointment, for international students like you. Australia closed her borders. Is it worth waiting for another year? Are there other options?

You dreamed about your so-called (student) life before the pandemic. You wanted to raise a joey or two, and you wouldn't mind how it could make a mess in your room. Your mother thought it was too quixotic, as she didn't see a future in having a kangaroo farm (in the outskirts). It was more interesting than the confusing milkshake consent video that cost the Australian government millions. It didn't offer any solution to a recent survey that only seven percent of international students are willing to complete (Australian) courses online. On the other hand, you yearn to take a closer look at the Blue Mountains and peer at its vegetation. A ziggurat might be hidden somewhere. (You met a Spanish backpacker during your holiday in Bali. He was lucky to visit Iran and travel outside of Tehran. He described a ziggurat that was still in near-perfect condition.) You're quite envious of athletes who are allowed to travel during the pandemic. The risk is still there, and there are no signs of restrictions easing in Down Under (after the second surge of the coronavirus in India). You defer your entry, which would be a sensible thing to do right now. You could imagine some international students sobbing in response, but you must look at your options.

5 Questions International Students Must Consider

Do you want to study elsewhere? Your parents are more excited about United Kingdom (UK) than you, as you can't imagine yourself drinking beer, with other students, outside the pub. And you won't mind the snowfall at all. (Strange time, your cousin said.) Your mother is following the Royal Family drama, even asking you to take a few pictures of Frogmore Cottage. On the other hand, your father appreciated the quirky features of London, which only sharp eyes could see. But he didn't fancy the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial "Fountain". (It was shaped like a human heart, which would reflect Diana's passion for humanitarian causes. Your father didn't look at it that way, as he admired the nearby Serpentine during a gray afternoon.) You were more concerned about the possibility that everyone must be vaccinated once, if not twice, every year. And you would be fined 5,000 pounds if you don't have a very good reason for leaving the UK. You have romantic thoughts about winter, which would be the reason for considering Canada as an option. But vaccination is still an issue over there. (And you don't understand the use of zip codes on prioritizing certain residents.) This would leave America as the likely alternative, but you have second thoughts. Will you be treated well? You ask some students, as you have an impression that America is still a divided nation. They gave you vague responses, though. If you're still undecided on studying elsewhere, then consider the next option.

Have you ever thought of tutorials? The unusual circumstances would mean one thing: Money. Your parents didn't like spending more than what have you planned, but you won't mind part-time opportunities. Tutorials would be the safest option. It also gives you a chance to let your enthusiasm rub off other students, who might be wary of beating the deadlines. After all, you're eager to share your knowledge on those (preserved) mansions in Georgetown, how the Sukhothai ruins are discovered , and the presence of monoliths on a remote island off Sumatra. (You don't have to travel to faraway Europe.) You almost forgot your excitement after learning that "Thor: Love and Thunder" was shot in Australia. Someone might be a huge fan of the superhero, who might give you more information on the Path of Shattered Dreams, which lies at the edge of Asgard. Did Taika Waititi included it in the storyline? You don't have to wait for the answer, as Waititi revealed that post-production would start soon.

Why volunteer? You might be spending too much time reading travel blogs, as you kept on guessing when you would experience the new normal (and go places once more). Why not live in the moment? Many need a helping hand during this unprecedented event. If you have trepidation about going out, then you can tell your parents about raising a little amount and donate it to a group that would help the disadvantaged members of your community. You should have a few leads (after stumbling into Somos21, a not-for-profit organisation supporting Latin American students across Australia).

Have you told your tutor about your plan? You have told your tutor about your thoughts on alternatives, but you would want to meet other students in Australia. It might prompt your tutor to send a warm response, but it wouldn't put an end to the uncertainty (of the moment). Talk about it, and don't dismiss suggestions that it would be better to pursue a degree in your hometown. If you haven't explored this option, think carefully. You might want to pursue a graduate degree in Australia (after finding out that many universities are coming up with gimmicks to lure international students). It comes down to money, and you might end up short.

What is the feedback from other international students? You're really happy for your mate, who pursued his dream of studying (and living) in Paris. He didn't like the fact that most art museums, the big ones like Louvre, are closed, so he must look for smaller ones. (He was delighted to find a smaller exhibit on African art, which was held several blocks from where he was living.) There should be a way if you really want it, if not some students pressing their luck. You're still distracted. Your favourite (high school) teacher recommends Lev Grossman's "The Magicians Trilogy", as he thought that James, Julia, and Quentin were more interesting than Harry, Hermione, and Ron. An intriguing thought. But.

International Students Are Not Cash Cows

Don't get frustrated if you don't get an immediate response after you made a round of inquiries. You may insist that money won't be an issue, but you can't risk your health. You also need patience, as some international students feel abandoned during the Covid crisis. The federal government refuses to extend any kind of assistance to the huge number of students who are here on temporary visas. The experience of studying in Australia may be sold to international students as a chance to make new friends, but the pandemic put a twist into it. It should be a lesson for you.

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