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Meet Cezia from Indonesia, studying Business in Australia

UQ people
Published 28 Jan, 2021  ·  3 minute read

Hi, my name is Cezia Pesurnay. I'm from Indonesia and I'm doing a Master of Business at The University of Queensland. I'm also a Brisbane International Student Ambassador.

Why did you choose to study in Australia and specifically at UQ?

I chose Australia because the weather feels like an all-year-round summer and I can do so many outdoor activities - this is especially true in Brisbane.

When it came to choosing a university, I chose UQ as it’s one of the best universities in Australia. It ranks within the world’s top 50 universities, is part of the Group of Eight, and most importantly has subjects that are relevant to my interests and career purpose.

UQ student Cezia Pesurnay outside Brisbane City Hall

What are your thoughts on studying in Australia and Brisbane?

When I think about Brisbane I immediately think about the friendly atmosphere. Everyone here is so kind, polite, and very helpful. Brisbane has plenty of multicultural events and festivals to attend and outdoor activities to do. I also like the laid-back lifestyle of Brisbane, which makes me feel at home.

International student sat on rock with views of glasshouse mountains, green fields and blue sky behind her

What are the best things about your program at UQ?

The Master of Business with a specialisation in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a great program mix for me. It not only provides me with the opportunity to learn key business theories but also allows me to experience real-world business practices through personal and group projects as well as class assignments. I'm interested in learning the process behind creating and managing an innovative organisation and this program has allowed me to understand the challenges of finding a creative solution to market or social problems.

Having a master’s degree in business and advanced knowledge in my specialised area gives me the flexibility to pursue a career in a range of fields across the public and private sectors as well as within non-profit organisations. This will help me make a difference in a positive way and deliver long-term benefit to the community.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schriner with Indonesian student in headdress and holding certificate

Have you undertaken an internship, volunteer experience or UQ Employability program?

I'm actually undertaking several volunteering activities at the moment. I volunteer at Hillsong every Friday night as part of a hosting team. I volunteer at Dig In every Saturday afternoon in the kitchen where I cook meals, prepare and serve meals directly to the homeless and disadvantaged in Brisbane City. Every Wednesday morning I volunteer at Pojok Indonesia, teaching Bahasa Indonesia to Australian students in the School of Languages and Cultures at UQ. Finally, I’m also a Brisbane International Student Ambassador, representing UQ and my country.

It has been such an amazing and rewarding experience. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to meet so many kind-hearted and fun people and enabled me to make friends and connect with people from different backgrounds and cultures. I have learned so many new things.

What advice would you give people from other countries about studying at UQ?

Be ready for a life-changing experience as UQ not only provides students with a high quality education but also offers high quality programs and services to support student experiences on and off campus.

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