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

I am Kimberly from the Philippines. I was able to obtain a degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs in the Philippines with a foreign language in Nihongo. Eventually, I have decided to move to Melbourne and study a Bachelor of Law as well as a Diploma in Community Services. Ever since I arrived in Melbourne, I have been active in doing volunteer work for the City of Melbourne.

What are your goals for the future?

I am looking into different areas of work in the future once I complete my studies. I am aiming to work at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or as a Youth Justice Officer as a catalyst for change for the people who also want to help themselves achieve a better life.

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

I am very excited about the different programs, activities and workshops waiting for us as a Study Melbourne Student Ambassador. Aside from this – as I am chosen to represent all the other Filipino international students here in Melbourne – I can’t wait to do my best to make the Philippines-Australia relationship stronger. I want to encourage more Filipinos to choose Melbourne to further their education.

Do you have any words of advice or encouragement for students who are thinking about studying in Victoria?

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. It may be a bit lonesome in the beginning but nothing’s better than learning from your mistakes and being independent. Being away from your family teaches you to be stronger and motivated to do things with excellence and passion.

How have you gone about making new friends and building your networks in Victoria?

I can say that the best opportunity to build new friends and network here in Victoria is through doing volunteer work because you will be able to meet people who have the same interest as you. Melbourne is highly multicultural; you will meet different people from different parts of the world which makes it interesting to talk over some good Melbourne coffee with the new friends. You can talk about how much you love your countries or what may seem to be particularly interesting in your culture.