On a lazy winter morning, I started my day watching ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ on Netflix; a Marathi movie on how the first feature film was produced in India. Pretty impressive! You should watch it too. I hadn’t planned for the rest of the day, but I knew I had one place that would welcome me; a place where I could chill and experience some good vibes.
The Gold Coast Student Hub is situated in the heart of Southport and is easily accessible via public transport for any student who travels via bus or tram using their Go Card. When you get off the tram at Southport station, the Hub is right next door – easy! Branded in my favourite colour teal, the Gold Coast Student Hub stands out as a unique place dedicated for students to hang out, connect, explore and learn.
Captivating natural landscapes, top-level educational institutions, and a multicultural city. These three aspects of the Gold Coast already make it the best place for any international student. But it isn’t just that: this city is a place with endless employment opportunities for international students. It is the 6th largest city in Australia, with a 12.5% growth rate over the last five years, and it’s leading the employment recovery in Queensland since the COVID-19 outbreak.
On the Gold Coast, I landed my dream job, but it all started when I graduated in journalism back in Brazil. On the last day of my course, during the final presentation before receiving my degree, a former ESPN TV reporter asked me about my plans post-graduation. My answer was like everybody else: get a job. As he found my tone of voice not that confident about my next step, he mentioned that a friend was lecturing on an excellent course on the Gold Coast. That notion stuck in my mind for a few months until I decided to take his advice and enrol in that Screen and Media course.
To put it simply, these days networking is a necessity. Professional networks are windows of chances that can open both business and job opportunities. Networking helps you gain industry insights, along with introductions that potentially lead to better referrals, career advancement and business opportunities. Apart from creating a connection with industry experts, networking also provides a valuable source of new perspectives and ideas to advance your professional development.
Success in your career is largely attributed to the pool of information or ideas you have garnered from various people, so never underestimate the importance of meeting people who share similar interests. Ask the right questions and you’ll not only gain insights into how they progressed up their career ladder, but you’ll walk away inspired with a thirst to work harder and dream bigger.
With an easy-going lifestyle, an accepting multicultural community and an abundance of attractions, the Gold Coast is a fantastic place to live and study. Growing up on the Gold Coast I’ve experienced the amazing qualities the city has to offer and that’s why I feel honoured to be able to introduce this part of the world to international students when they choose to study here. We first started accommodating international students as a homestay family years ago and I feel incredibly lucky to have befriended so many students from around the world while sharing some wonderful experiences with them. Everything from high ropes adventure courses to our beautiful beaches, a visit to the local markets, or just taking in the beautiful scenery – the Gold Coast has so much to offer.
I’ve only been living on the Gold Coast since May 2019, however it didn’t take long for me to realise that this dynamic city is a wonderful place for surfing, boating, cycling and so many other outdoor sports.
As an amateur running enthusiast, I have to say that Gold Coast is also a paradise for runners. Here’s my roadmap to some wonderful jogging experiences this city has to offer.
One of my best memories from my childhood was watching my mum planting vegetables in our farmland as I talked to unknown insects around me, the earthworms she dug out and several ducks we raised. When I was ten we moved into an apartment in the city and rarely had the time or space to grow any veggies again. I guess planting veggies by myself has become part of my dream life since then.
Amazingly, the pleasant climate here on the Gold Coast is so suitable for growing vegetables during all seasons and I haven’t been able to stop thinking of planting veggies and flowers since I landed here. Fortunately for me, my lovely Aussie homestay couple Karen and David said yes to my request and my dream life has come true!
2020 has been the most dangerous year in memory – from raging bushfires to global pandemics this year has had the works and we’re still only halfway through it. So what better time to remind ourselves that we need to always be mindful of our own personal safety and that we are all individually responsible for doing all that we can to minimise any potential risk.
Moving to a new city to start your academic journey is a very exciting prospect, but if you’ve just arrived from overseas it can also be a little daunting. For this reason the team at Study Gold Coast decided to create some safety films, to make sure you have a better understanding of your surroundings, how to take precautions where necessary and what to do if you need help.
Welcome to 2020 – the year we are witnessing and living through a modern pandemic! Truly not something I was anticipating as I celebrated New Year’s Eve on the last night of 2019. There’s no doubt it can be a very daunting, if not debilitating prospect of adjusting your life during this crisis and the era of self-isolation.
Personally I’m concerned about students like me who are now struggling to focus on their studies that used to be far more interesting just a few months ago when we had the freedom to choose our study location, like a university library. Studying from home and being cut off from the wider world does have its challenges and that’s why the need to set goals right now is more crucial than ever.
We are all social animals. Our daily activities revolve around other people and going out but unfortunately, the environment over the last few months has changed drastically, keeping us apart through social distancing and away from the people and places we love. It's been difficult for everyone, but slowly and surely these restrictions are being lifted with all of us hoping our lives will go back to normal, or at least the ‘New Normal’!
As we search for some normality I’ve been thinking about life in the post Covidian world and looking forward to visiting my favourite places around the Gold Coast once again. Here’s what I’m keen to tick off my GC bucket list.
If you’ve arrived on the Gold Coast recently and are looking for the best ways to get around town whether it's via public or private transport, then this is your one stop guide. Here are some tips and tricks that will save you time and money.