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Vidhya Rakunathan, Singapore

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Vidhya smiling and standing in front of the Brisbane River
Hi, my name is Vidhya and I'm studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at The University of Queensland.

What extra learning opportunities did you have as part your studies?
My program offers a course called Research Experience, which I found quite unique because I was granted the opportunity to gain experience at the Early Cognitive and Development Centre in UQ.

Have you had the chance to explore and expand your interests at UQ?
I wanted to try something different at UQ. Every semester, UQ has a Market Day where there are various stalls set up with entertainment, freebies and the opportunity to sign up and learn about the many student clubs and societies.

I have tried my hand at several, including the yoga and meditation club, the guitar club and the psychology students association.

There are often fun events organised just for international psychology students too. This semester, I intend to try something a little bit more out of my comfort zone like UQ Social Football with my friends.

What advice do you have for international students considering moving to Australia to study at UQ?
I know it can be scary to move to a different country, especially if your family is still back home, but don't let that hold you back.

Studying at UQ is easily one of the best decisions I've made for myself. Be prepared for a wide range of perspectives, to have your views challenged and nurtured by your educators and your peers.

Be brave, and talk to the people around you – you're more alike than you think. Don't hesitate to ask for help, be it from your peers, your lecturers or Student Services. And don't forget your picnic mat – UQ Lakes is always a good spot.

Learn to see the potential of the world. Gain the knowledge to make it better.

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