Tell us a little bit about yourself and your achievements to date

My name is Güler and I am an international student from Turkey. I am currently a second year Psychology student in Deakin University, and I am also a scholarship student. I used to work as a Turkish tutor. Now, I am an intern in the Families in Later Life Study and I am the 2019 taekwondo female champion in blue belt. I’m looking forward to getting another one when I reach my black belt! And before coming here, I was the 2018 regional/state champion in Turkey in karate.

What are your goals for the future?

I want to do research in neuroscience. I hope to specialise in either computational neuroscience or neurodegenerative diseases. Also, I want to get my black belt in taekwondo!

Why are you excited about being a Study Melbourne Student Ambassador?

I am excited to be part of other people’s journeys through this incredible adventure! It is easy to get overwhelmed with all new responsibilities and I would be more than happy to facilitate this process for others.

What are your tips for students who have just arrived in Melbourne?

First, relax. Most international students come from countries where the daily rhythm of life is a lot faster than here, so it is very easy to unnecessarily stress out. Then comes the essentials. If you are already enrolled, hang onto your student ID and get a phone number and open a bank account. After that, get active! Melbourne is abundant in opportunities. You only need to take one step forward and the opportunities will come running to you.

What do you love most about living and studying in Melbourne?

In terms of studying, I love how the units teach us the application of the knowledge we get. It is quite hands on and at the end of each unit, you feel confident in your abilities to utilise the outcomes that you gained. In terms of living, Melbourne has something to offer everybody! I can easily find something new to try out pretty much every day.