Advice from Student Advocacy and Support during exam weeks
It is a stressful time of year, so take a few deep breaths and make sure you are informed about what you need to do to make it through exams without too much stress:
If you are an undergraduate student and need to talk to someone about your university life, come and see us at MSA Student Advocacy and Support.
International student focus group
Link Health and Community are hosting a focus group for international students on food – what do you like to eat, where do you buy it, and how do you prepare it? Free lunch is provided and everyone who attends will be entered into a draw to win an organic fruit and vegetable hamper.
When: Wednesday 25 November, 12 – 1pm (Register)
Where: Menzies Tutorial Room W204, Level 2 West, 20 Chancellors Walk
Monash University International Students Service – new committee
Congratulations to the newly elected executive committee members of the Monash University International Students Service (MUISS):
President – Karekhaa Nair
General Secretary – Sabby Gill
Treasurer – Roshenee Gunusagaran
Publications Officer – Ann Chan
Services and Welfare Officer – Zoha Farooq
Activities Officer – Harry Liu
Education Officer – Ammar Sukhera
Here is a message from the new President:
“My name is Karekhaa and I will be your MUISS President for 2016. This year, I was part of the Education portfolio and was involved in the One World Festival and the PLACE conference. The MUISS committee aims to enhance and encapsulate each international students’ experience by exposing them to not only academic challenges but also social ones as well. We want to create a local community by assimilating international students that share similar experiences in adapting to a new cultural environment. By devising a framework, we intend to engage international students in transitioning from a classroom environment to the corporate world.”
The MSA Volunteering provides opportunities for students to engage with the Monash community. There are programs during semester, holiday periods, as well as weekly volunteer opportunities. MSA also has four new programs in 2016: MSA Freebies Team, MSA R.E.P.R.ESENT (Video Making), MSA Art Gallery Committee, and MSA Tax Help (Read more).
Spring Nights – Twilight Activities in the park
Enjoy an evening of free social activities in Clayton South as part of Clayton Canvas Twilight activities in the park. There will be a free BBQ, arts activities, dancing, and Tai Chi.
When: Thursday 12 November, 5 – 8pm
Where: Namatjira Park, Springs Road, Clayton South (catch the 631 bus from Clayton campus)
Careers help available to students, even after you finish your course
Whether you are returning home or considering your work options in Australia, you are still able to access all services through Career Connect for up to 12 months after your course completion. Come and have a chat with a Careers Education Consultant at Career Connect about all things related to your career. For details about what’s on offer and opening hours, visit the Career Connect website.
Final semester student – packing up and going home
You may find that there are a lot of things that you won’t need or can easily replace once you get home. Try to limit the amount of luggage you take home so you can save on the cost of excess baggage and shipping. Plan ahead, decide what you want to take with you on the plane, and start thinking about the necessary arrangements to ship your belongings home:
- Shipping belongings back home
Look into some of the baggage, transport or freight companies that are available. Then consider the options such as sending your belongings by surface or by air, through the post office or with a baggage company, and find out the costs involved. (Read more)
- Redirecting your mail
Don’t forget to update your postal address via WES. Australia Post can also forward your mail to your new address. You can nominate temporary or permanent redirection, and ask Australia Post to notify some organisations of your new address. To pick up a change of address kit or to find out more, visit any Australia Post Office.
Final semester student – staying connected
On completing your studies, you will automatically be welcomed to the University’s global alumni community of more than 310,000 alumni. Through the alumni networks, you can take advantage of professional development and networks, career advice, employment opportunities, programs, and discounts, and engage in the many social events that are held across the world. If you have questions about the alumni program, contact the Alumni Relations team on 9903 4602 or via email email@example.com or social media.
Victorian International Education Awards
Monash is well represented in the 2015 Victorian International Education Awards. We would like to congratulate the following students on being nominated, and we wish them all the best:
- Jirayut Prompen (Thailand) for International Student of the Year – English Language Training
- Mustika Indah Khairina (Indonesia) for International Student of the Year – Higher Education
- Heba Zahid (Saudi Arabia) for International Student of the Year – Research
- Danny Ong (Singapore) for Victorian Student of the Year – Internationalisation
Study Melbourne Student Centre bulletin
Subscribe to the Study Melbourne Student Centre bulletin for useful information, resources and links for you as international students in Melbourne. This month’s newsletter featured an article about a Monash student from Nepal and her experience studying and living in Victoria.
Festivals and events in November and December
Get involved in the following festivals and events if you get a chance:
Want more? Check out That’s Melbourne website.
University end-of-year closedown period
Please note that the University will close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 for the Christmas/New Year period. The University will reopen at 9am on Monday 4 January 2016. During this time, you may contact the following services if required:
We wish you a safe and happy holiday.
International Student Engagement
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