Tiffanie West

Tiffanie during her first encounter with Kangaroos, a must-do!

Tiffanie during her first encounter with Kangaroos, a must-do!

Tiffanie left her home in France at the young age of 18 to experience life and culture in Australia! She learned how adventurous she really is and is now fluent in English.

Where did you study abroad?

Bond University – Gold Coast, Australia

What was the BEST part about studying abroad?

Studying abroad is by far the best opportunity I have ever seized. It helped me become a more mature and independent person. Living alone and far away from any relatives definitely helps you to gain independence.

I already had quite a high-level in English before I moved to Australia in September 2011, as one of my parents is Australian, but this experience definitely helped in improving my English language skills, both written and spoken, and has given me a boost in confidence when it comes to public speaking.

Studying in Australia also allowed me to meet wonderful people and make new valuable and nourishing friendships. Becoming friends with people overseas is a wonderful experience as they guide you along the way and show you how people live in their culture.

My experience abroad provided me with a strong desire to travel extensively and forge a career in an International Business, in order to satisfy my aspirations and have an exciting challenge in the future.

What did you learn about the rest of the world from studying abroad? What did you learn about yourself from the experience?

Studying at Bond University and being part of a new community taught me a lot about myself and my surroundings. It is definitely the type of experience that would make anyone mature a lot and discover a lot about their personality.

Personally, I realized how curious and adventurous I was. I constantly wanted to explore the places I was going to, meet people who could tell me about their lives and experiences, enjoy new environments and go for spontaneous adventures.

Studying abroad also helped me to increase my self-esteem and my self-confidence. Not many people have the guts to leave home when they only just turned 18 and go on the other side of the world to complete their degree. I now believe that I have achieved something pretty exceptional, and I am very proud of myself for doing it.

What was your BIGGEST challenge while studying abroad and how did you manage to handle it?

It is evident that the biggest challenge I faced when moving to Australia was to leave my family and friends in France, and move to a country where I literally knew no one. The first couple of months were definitely very challenging, as I was missing home and was not used to living alone and having to be so independent.

Once I started meeting people and making friends, this experience became the best one I have ever had. Once I started relating to people and understanding their way of living, I could take my mind away from what I was missing by appreciating what I had, and this transformed me into a more positive and happy person.

How did studying abroad change your life?

Studying at Bond University helped in providing me with the communication and knowledge skills that I will need to start up my career. When it comes to knowledge, I believe I would have gained the same skills if I had studied at home, but communication wise, studying abroad has definitely given me an advantage as I am now fluent in English. In addition, I am finally confident when speak publicly.

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to start up a career in an International Business in Australia, that will eventually allow me to travel extensively, whilst working in a faced-paced environment and within a field of personal interest.

What is your BEST piece of advice for someone who is thinking about studying abroad?

DO IT. Don’t doubt it and certainly don’t get upset when you have to leave your friends and family. They will still be there when you return, and if you don’t make the most of these opportunities while you can, you will regret it!

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