How to make your student accomodation feel like home

Decoration
Feeling comfortable is key to making your student accommodation feel like home. You will feel most at ease when your surroundings are an expression of yourself and are exactly (or close enough) to your taste. Maybe you’ll add fairy lights, put up posters, have 8 coloured cushions on your bed, invest in an amazing rug or jazz up everything with washi tape. Go crazy with the decorating and you’ll be surprised at how happy you’ll feel in your new space. Check out this buzfeed article for  ideas to get you started.

Greenery
When decorating, make sure that you include some plants to liven up your new home. Caring for plants will give you a sense of responsibility and a connection to your accommodation. It’s also nice to have a plant in your room to act as a natural air purifier, producing oxygen.

Smells
Its amazing how a smell can instantly conjure old memories and transport you to another place. Bring your candles from home, get some room spray, buy flowers or get cooking to instantly make you feel more at home.

Sound system
Having some good speakers, playing your favourite music and dancing around by yourself or with your new friends is a great way to make you feel happy. Just make sure your neighbors are cool with it first (or ask them to come join the dance party)!

Photos
pictures of your family, friends and happy memories will help you feel more at home right away. Make sure that you also add photos of you with new friends and all of the good times you have as you settle in. this will help you feel both connected to your family home and make you feel a connection to your new accommodation.

Friends
Similarly, make sure that your student accommodation doesn’t become a place of isolation. Invite friends over to fill the space with laughter and good memories! Why not have a movie night, eat dinner together or get out some board games.

Cleaning
You aren’t likely to feel at home in a room that’s covered in dirty clothes and dishes. Roll up your sleeves and get cleaning! You’ll be amazed at how much happier you feel when your surroundings are organised and clean.

Food
Eating out is not only expensive but won’t help you settle into your new home. Get cooking and eat at home every now and again. A fruit bowl is another great idea and makes it easy to grab a snack as you run out the door to class.

How did you make your accommodation feel like home? Share in the comments below! 

 

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复习准备职业英语考试(Occupational English Test)

1000 (1)职业英语考试,英文全称是”Occupational English Test”,是澳大利亚成人教育局(CAE)主办的职业英语考试,专为海外医疗职业人士而设的,OET职业英语考试的目的是为了评估那些希望留学、移民澳大利亚或在澳大利亚从业的医疗卫生专业人员的英语水平。澳洲的注册护士协会规定,海外留学生如果没有5年的在澳学习经历,需要在OET考试中四个项目听说读写成绩均为A或B。

 

什么时候开始准备OET?

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一般建议护理专业二年级下半学期开始准备。因为OET考试有效期为两年,如果太早准备,毕业的时候考试成绩无效也够冤枉的。其次不建议过早准备的原因是,考试内容涉及护理和医学的各个方面,学校里的专业知识学得多的话,对考试的成功率一定有利。当然,有些喜欢临时抱佛脚的同学,觉得等大三再准备也不迟,话虽这么说,但现实可能是你在大三忙得不可开交,找工作,交作业,医院实习等等,会有很多事情让你分心。这个时候,你可能觉得浑身都是压力。

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如何准备OET?

OET的考试项目分为听说读写。做模拟真题是很不错的复习方法,澳大利亚天主教大学图书馆里有一些OET真题书。同学们可以借阅,复印练习真题。因为每个听说读写环节都是有时间限制的,在自测的时候,给自己限制时间是有必要的。真题的练习,可以让大家对考试题型有更清楚的了解,这样在真正考试的时候就不会很紧张了。另外,真题可以给大家比较清晰的正确率回馈,这样大家就可以大致估算出真正考试时的通过希望。对于那些自觉性比较差的同学们来说,如果你觉得没有毅力督促自己自学,报个OET准备班级也是很不错的。澳大利亚天主教大学有OET培训班,同学们可以在老师系统的帮助下,开始对OET各个项目进行复习。

 

听力考试

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OET听力考试分为两个部分。第一部分是听一段现实场景的对话,主题关于医疗方面,因为是模拟现实场景,所以聊天的速度会很快,有时也会带些当地的俗语,所以同学们需要在边听的同时,迅速记下要点, 很锻炼大家耳朵灵敏度。所以平时,如果多看当地电视,电视剧,并且在纯英文的环境下打工,可以对听力考试有很大帮助。第二部分是一段关于医学方面的演讲,朗读的人口齿清晰,表达的都是完整的句型,但是可能会对大家的词汇量有一些要求。所以,平时学习的时候,对一些医学专业词汇的熟悉程度会对考试很有帮助。不过要告诉同学们一个好消息是,听力部分的考试,考官在评分的时候对拼写非常宽松。这意味着,即使这个单词你拼写有些出错,但考官能从你的错误拼写中,大致猜出你想表达的意思,你也会得分的。最后,小编给大家推荐一个不错的听力网站(澳洲ABC电台的Health report),推荐的几大理由是:内容和医学健康紧密相关,对话的嘉宾多样性,日常对话和学术兼并,当然还有原文书面文章和音频对照。

口语考试

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OET的口语考试是根据不同案例,考官会扮演病人,同学需要扮演医疗工作者(比如护士,根据你所报考的专业而定)。两人在录音的情况下,开始场景对话。一开始考官会问些热身问题,比如你的姓名,专业和参加考试的理由。一来帮助考生放松心态,二来测试录音的效果。然后切入正题,同学们会被给予一张小纸片,上面写着简单的案例介绍(比如:你是一个社区护士,去拜访一个患糖尿病的病人),然后还有一些要点提示(比如:你需要向他解释饮食习惯的重要性,检查她是否每天为自己测血糖等等),这些都是你在讲对话的时候需要覆盖的要点。OET口语考试和雅思不同,OET更讲究对话的互动型,同学们需要对考官的问题和回应,作出合理的回答和解释。有时,同学需要主动发问,让话题进展下去。所以,OET口语考试中完全不是一个人在那里长篇大论。大家不用太紧张,随机应对就可以了。

 

阅读考试

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OET的阅读理解,分为两部分。第一部分类似完型填空,时间限制是20分钟,同学们需要阅读一个主题下的4-5篇不同人写的相关文章。然后会有个文章综述,把不同的文章主旨合并起来,但是其中大约有25个填空,需要同学在原文中寻找。由于时间紧张,所以建议大家把每篇文章的标题做到心中有数,然后开始直扑文章综述,根据文章综述段落里提到的信息,返回原文仔细找答案。第二部分是深入阅读理解,遇到一篇比较学术性的文章,在理解文章内容后,完成选择题。

写作考试

OET的写作考试,对护理学生而言,主要是一封介绍信。同学们需要根据试卷中对一个病人罗列的信息,进行归纳总结,然后写成一篇字数约150字的介绍信。介绍信的对象可能是养老院护士长,可能是另一家接收医院,也有可能是病人家属。考试的难点在于,有时候给出的病人信息太多太繁杂,就很难取舍哪些是有价值的,这时候在字书限制面前,就需要作出护士判断。介绍信一般都有格式,开始可以介绍写这封信的目的,并简要说明病人的基本情况。然后可以写病人的病情历史,接着写他目前的情况和已经接受的治疗,接下来写需要对方在哪些方面配合后续护理。最后表示感谢。如果按照这样的基本格式套用,几篇文章锻炼下来就会心里有底,接下来就是要磨砺词汇和语句的表达衔接,让整篇文章更加通顺流畅。最后,祝愿大家考出好成绩!

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Meet Kelly Kan, an Occupational Therapy student

Kelly Kan is an international student from Hong Kong studying Occupational Therapy (OT) at ACU (North Sydney Campus). Occupational therapists work with a range of clients to help them identify physical, cognitive or societal barriers to participation. Occupational therapists work with clients to assess their environment and help them adapt and participate in daily activities which most people take for granted. 

What is your favourite subject in occupational therapy?

In first year we studied biology, psychology, health and occupation, musculoskeletal structure and function, community and vulnerability, pathophysiology and introduction to evidence based practice. My favourite subjects however were “ergonomics” and “upper limb orthoses and rehabilitation” in second year. Ergonomics is the study of designing a person’s environment in order to facilitate the highest level of function. As an OT, our job in ergonomics is to identify and eliminate accident and injury risk factors in the workplace. We also modify equipment so that it doesn’t enable injury or illness. I enjoyed upper limb orthoses and rehabilitation because we had the opportunity to make splints which was so much fun.

Have you experienced any challenges studying occupational therapy?

I think the most challenging part is the workload and placement. I am in third year now and we have to do our placement during the semester break. It is a full time work experience which goes for 5 weeks. This is fine though because placement makes up one unit so we have one less set of exams and assignments in semester one. We also had a lot of mid-semester exams in the first two years which I found hard to study for while also completing other assignments.

Could you share your clinical placement experience?

I did a two week placement at a retirement village (nursing home and rehabilitation centre) which I enjoyed so much. I got to experience a home visit with a practicing occupational therapist where I learnt what kind of questions to ask while doing an interview with the client. I also learnt that we not only do an interview for the purpose of home visit, but also we have to observe the environment and the things (e.g. making tea) that the daily tasks the client does during the time of visit. Apart from the information we get from the interview, we can also gain more information about difficulties that the client experiences and gain a better understanding of the client while observing them. ACU OT provides students a half day placement in the first year to allow us to learn/have a basic understanding of what an OT does. It is very important for us to think about whether we enjoy studying OT and to get a good understanding of the job before we begin.

If you have any questions about OT, or life in Australia, please ask in the comments below! 

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认识香港女孩Kelly kan – ACU职业治疗本科学生

Kelly Kan来自美丽的香港,目前她是澳大利亚天主教大学悉尼校区职业治疗本科(Bachelor of occupational therapy)3年级学生。一起来看看她在ACU的学习经历的分享。

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请问你在学习职业治疗本科专业时,最感兴趣的课程是什么?

我记得在本科一年级,我们需要了解生物学,心理学,健康和职业,肌肉骨骼结构和功能,社区和弱势群体,生理学和以证据为主的实践。我非常喜欢的是大二的“人体工学”这门课,这让我有机会接触如何应用矫形器和进行康复训练。人体工学指导我们如何有效帮助一个病人,设计和运用周围空间,让他最大限度地独立生活。作为职业治疗师,我们的工作就是发现并排除简单的工作场合事故和潜在的隐患。比如,当我们在为病人制作矫形器和研究康复训练时, 我们会制作一些病人需要的石膏,我觉得这种体验很有趣。让我们把书本上的知识,真正地运用到实践中,这样我也体会到活学活用的乐趣。

 

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请问你在学习过程中,有没有一些挑战呢?

我觉得对我来比较有挑战的可能是作业和实习。尤其是在第三年,我需要在学期放假间隙完成5周的实习。在三年级的第一学期,我们虽然只有3门课程有考试,另外一门是实习课程。但对我来说,课业比较紧,有些压力。同时,在2年级和3年级,我们在学期中就有考试,所以我们需要合理安排好时间完成作业,同时好好复习考试。

请问你可否分享你的实习经历?

我在RSL进行了为期2周的实习,并且感到非常有意思。其中有养老院,老人公寓和理疗中心。当我跟随带我的职业治疗师一起去一些老人家拜访,我很感兴趣。因为我学到了在和他们交谈时,自己问哪些问题比较合适。同时我也学到,我在和老人交流的时候,同时也在观察他们日常的生活自理能力和家庭的环境。比如,当一位老人给我们倒茶的时候, 也是绝佳时机观察他们是否在日常家务小事中能行动自如。除了和他们聊天中了解老人,我们也用观察的双眼捕捉更多有价值信息。ACU的实习让学生在大学一年级的时候,有少量的实习机会。这样,我们就可以对职业治疗这个专业有更直观的认识。我觉得很重要的是,这帮助我更早了解这个专业是否自己喜欢的,同时对具体这个专业毕业后做些什么也更清楚。

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Post-study work rights explained

 

 

 

 

 

The temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa provides recent graduates with the opportunity to spend more time in Australia following their studies to gain practical work experience to accompany their Australian qualification(s). In 2013 some changes were made to this visa (Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) replaced the skilled graduate visa (subclass 485) 23 March 2013). Put Simply, graduates from an Australian bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree may now apply for this Visa under one of two streams – the post-study work stream and the graduate work stream.

If granted, the temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will enable students to stay and work in Australia for between 18 months and four years after graduating. Being granted a visa is not guaranteed upon completion of a degree, but it is worth being aware of some of the requirements for this visa and the post-study work rights that it grants.

Australian Study requirement 
To apply for a temporary Graduate (subclass 485) under either stream, you will first need to satisfy the Australian study requirement. This is that you have completes at least Two years worth of study in no less than 16 months. To meet the two years worth of study you may complete a single qualification or multiple qualifications as long as the academic requirement for study adds up to at least two years. This study must also have been completed in the six months immediately prior to making your application.  Due to this requirement,  you may want to consider studying a longer degree in Australia if you wish to apply for this visa at the completion of your degree.

Post-study work stream

The Post-Study Work stream offers extended options for working in Australia to eligible graduates of a higher education degree. Under this stream, successful applicants are granted a visa of two, three or four years duration, depending on the highest educational qualification you have obtained. It is worth noting that study resulting in a diploma level qualification or trade qualification will not be considered under this stream. Eligible degree level qualifications include a Bachelor degree, Bachelor (honours) degree, Masters by coursework degree, Masters (extended) degree, Masters by research degree and a Doctoral degree. However, degree level courses which are packaged with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma course may be considered, provided they otherwise meet the Australian study requirement.

Graduate work stream

This stream is for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Unlike the post-study work stream, a visa under this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant. The two requirements under this stream is that the course/courses studied must have resulted in a degree, diploma or trade qualification, and this qualification must be closely related to a nominated occupation. This meaning that the subject matter and the skills gained from the qualifications can be applied at the level achieved in the nominated skilled occupation. For example, you will not be eligible if you complete a Certificate III in Plumbing and a Diploma of Plumbing and Services in Australia and then nominate your occupation as ‘physiotherapist’, and so on.

 Other requirements for this visa may apply. For further information on Visa requirements always check the Australian department of Immigration and border protection website

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2017年公立医院护理新生毕业项目

每年澳洲每个省的公立医院组织都会到各大校园举行巡回招聘演讲,主要是帮助新一届的护理和助产士毕业生了解如何申请进入澳洲公立医院就职。最近,澳大利亚天主教大学悉尼校区,迎来了新南威尔士州公立医院组织的代表,前往校园广而告之如何申请新生毕业计划。今天,小编就和大家一起分享他们的信息。

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谁有资格申请2017年新生毕业计划?

1. 计划完成护理或助产士专业的课程(拿到最终成绩单为准),并可以在2016年6月1日至2017年5月31日期间,完成注册程序的护士或助产士。

2. 在开始正式成为注册护士上班前,已经达到注册护士资格证。

3. 澳大利亚公民,或者拥有可以在澳洲全时工作的签证

4. 请留意:澳大利亚公民拥有优先被录用权,其次是拥有澳洲永久居留权的人和新西兰公民

5. 请留意:公立医院不提供雇主担保

接下来,小遍将分三个部分向大家介绍同学们整个新生毕业计划流程。其中包括:

– 准备阶段(从2016年4月开始)

– 申请阶段(2016年6月至2016年10月期间)

– 等待阶段(从2016年11月开始)

 

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准备阶段 – 招聘流程

2016年3月底

公立医院组织到各大校园举行巡回招聘演讲时间表已经确定,公布于网站

2016年4月- 5月

请应届毕业生参加公立医院组织在各大校园举行巡回招聘演讲,内容关于新生毕业招聘计划和申请流程

2016年6月

6月16日(周四)上午10点:2017网上新生招聘流程启动

7月6日(周三)上午10点:2017网上新生招聘流程关闭

2016年7月

7月19日(周二):雇主向申请人发出面试邀请

7月27日(周三):申请人接受面试邀请的最后日期

2016年8月

面试在8月1日-8月26日期间进行

2016年9月

9月21日(周三):顾主通知申请人面试结果

截至9月29日 (周四): 成功的申请人必须网上接受工作邀请

2016年10-12月:成功申请人完成注册,成为澳洲注册护士

 

2. 申请阶段

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申请人可以在2016年6月16日到2016年7月6日期间,登陆网站填写申请资料:(http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/employment/Pages/Recruit.aspx

在线申请表格分为三个部分:

– 个人信息

–  感兴趣的工作地点或医院

– 课程规范 (以往工作经验,对顾主选择要求的回应,推荐人信息)

以上信息出处,请参阅:

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/employment/Publications/transition-to-professional-practice.pdf

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5 tips to take the stress out of referencing

It’s week 9 and things are starting to get real – essays and other assignments are starting to pile up and just about everything is due. Regardless of the class or form of assignment, they all have one thing in common – referencing. There is no way to get around referencing, without it you’ll be caught with plagiarism and you’ll lose marks if it isn’t done correctly, but there are ways that you can make the whole experience a little less painful. Here are 5 tips for taking the stress out of referencing:

referencing like a pro

1._Don’t leave it till the end
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when doing an assignment is leaving all the referencing until the very end. I have done this on multiple occasions and it has resulted in a mad scramble an hour before the due time trying to find out where I got my information, which source goes where and in what order. One of the best ways to avoid last minute stress, and get your assessment done in less time, is to jot down notes as you go. Whether on a piece of paper or on your computer, it is handy to have a list of all sources you have used and excerpts of the information you got from each of these sources. That way everything will be organised when you come to fix up your referencing later. Another smart move is actually doing the referencing as you go, that means entering correct footnotes and updating your bibliography as you work through the assignment.

2.  Use valid sources
You’ll be surprised at how hard it is to reference a random website you found off google, that has no author, date and lacks other valid information. If you want to reference correctly, get those extra marks and make life a bit easier for yourself, then make sure you use valid sources. When doing any work at University, the library’s relevant online resources for your course and Google scholar are your best friends. All sources found through these means will include the relevant information needed for correct referencing. Additionally, never use sources like Wikipedia – professors will not look kindly upon this and it is sure you cause you more stress in the long run.

3.  Know your referencing system
Each course (and sometimes even different classes) will require different referencing systems. These could be anything from the Harvard reference system to the Australian Guide to legal citation. Make sure you check your Unit outline, or ask your lecturer which reference system to use before you start your assignment. This is incredibly important, because while some forms of referencing will require in-text citation, others will rely heavily on footnoting and so on. Make sure that you research your referencing system to ensure that you are completing your assignment correctly.

4.  Use a reference generator
While we should all know how to reference without using a generator, sometimes they are the best for saving time and organising your research. Systems like Zotero, make it easy to save sources and make notes as you go, taking most of the stress out of referencing. This system is quite complex though, if you are looking for a simple, web-based generator, sites like Cite this for me and Neil’s toolbox can come in extremely handy.

5.  Ask for help

As always, If you are feeling stressed, there is bound to be a service at ACU to help you. ACU’s Academic skills unit has a specific focus area on Academic referencing skills, and students are encouraged to prepare by attending:
– Workshops – these free, one hour workshops run throughout semester. Register to attend now.
– Drop-in sessions – these are brief consultations with an Academic Skills Adviser.
– Individual or group consultations – make an individual or small group appointment with an Academic Skills Adviser.

Do you have any other tips? Share them in the comments below! 

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Managing Mental Health Abroad

*disclaimer: these are merely suggestions. If you feel like you are suffering from a mental health condition please contact your closest medical professional for advice*

There are lots of factors that can impact your mental health and cause you stress while studying abroad. These include the impact of culture shock, travel stress, financial pressure, social struggles, homesickness, language barriers, separation anxiety and an increased work load. While pre-existing mental health conditions will require appropriate management and treatment, there are some precautions and actions you can take before, during and after your trip to look after your mental health, and make sure that you have the best time possible while abroad – whether for a semester or the duration of your degree.

Before
Read the relevant guides
If you are an incoming student make sure that you read ACU’s Pre-departure guide before you leave home. This guide will help minimize some of the stress of going abroad by providing information on everything from what to pack to jobs, security, campus maps, checklists for when you go abroad and much, much more. You should also check out the other available flyers and brochures, which all provide extremely helpful information for before you leave. 

Declare any existing conditions
before you leave it is important to tell your home institution and your host institution about any Pre-existing conditions that you may have. This is so that both institutions can put in place methods to make your trip run as smoothly as possible, by putting in place methods such as regular counselling check ups.

Get your finances in order
If you are an outgoing student check out how to save for study abroad , and if you are an incoming student, check out the blogpost titled how to budget for your life in Australia. Finances are one of, if not the biggest contributors to stress while abroad. Before you leave you should also check out whether you will be able to work abroad so that you can have some sort of income to supplement your savings.

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Use all available resources
ACU offers excellent student support services including your International Student Adviser and the office of student success. Every student is encouraged to take advantage of these services. If you are an outgoing student, make sure you look into the support services available at your host institution. Academic support, study skills and counselling are all more than likely available and will ease the stress of study abroad and getting used to learning in a new culture (or even language).

Join Clubs and societies
One of the biggest contributors to mental health struggles abroad is homesickness and a feeling of detachment usually caused by a lack of friends and social activities. Joining a club or society, especially an international student society, will help you find like-minded students who you can socialise with and even share any troubles that you may have adjusting to your new life. Sporting clubs and societies are also a great way to socialise outside of your course with many different types of people, including local students.

Make use of Counselling services
I have already mentioned using the resources available at your host university, but counselling services are worth a second mention. It is necessary and encouraged to talk about any problems you may be facing so that you can be pointed in the direction of appropriate help and assistance. ACU offers free confidential support, advice and workshops to help you negotiate any personal or relationship challenges you may be facing.

Be aware of Culture shock
It is likely that you will experience some form of culture shock while away from home and this could very well impact your mental health. It is important to know the stages of culture shock, including the honeymoon stage, the distress stage and finally, acceptance, so that you can recognise it and take the appropriate actions to seek help and know that it will eventually get better. The blogpost “Far from Home: Culture shock and how to cope” is definitely worth reading in order to understand this common phenomenon. 

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Be aware of reverse culture shock
The out of place feeling that you feel when you commence your journey can happen in much the same way when you get back home and it’s a tough reality that a lot of people aren’t prepared for or in fact may not even realise that it’s happening. One of our study abroad students, Ainsleigh, wrote a blogpost titled Reverse culture shock: How to cope, when she returned home, which is definitely worth a read. The coping mechanisms that she mentions in this blogpost are bringing your host city home, keeping in touch with the friends you made abroad, finding someone that relates to your experience, and being a tourist in your own city to make the most of the foreign feeling when you first return home and see your city in a positive new light.

When studying abroad it is key to remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It actually shows great strength as it takes a brave person to admit that they need help. ACU offers 24 hour support for international students:

ACU International opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Out of Hours ACU Student Assistance Hotline:
Monday to Friday, 5pm-9am and 24 hours on the weekend

PH: 1800 180 391

intadviser.qld@acu.edu.au
intadviser.vic@acu.edu.au
intadviser.nsw@acu.edu.au
intadviser.act@acu.edu.au
intadviser.bal@acu.edu.au 

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分享心理健康 – 留学生面临的挑战

低龄化留学已经慢慢成为一种趋势,越来越多的国内家长愿意把自己的孩子在高中或高中毕业后送到海外求学,但是殊不知留学生在面对新的环境,语言,文化,作业要求时,需要很多的心理建设去适应和融入。今天小编就结合自己的经历,和大家分享我的浅薄看法。

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记得刚到澳洲那会儿,我去学校上预科,教室里都是来自世界各地非英语母语的同学,老师是个金发碧眼的外国老太太。课堂上,当地老师非常注重和同学们的互动,经常鼓励底下同学分享自己的观点看法。当时自己的口语烂到不行,完全没信心在同学目光下说完整的一句句子。很多次想发言,但是因为不自信和紧张,常常就咽下去了。

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后来,经验丰富的外国老师发现这可能是东方文化的原因,亚洲同学都比较含蓄和内敛。于是她开始适时地点名让同学说出自己的观点,一般她都会提比较开放性的问题,这样每个同学的观点都不存在对或错。其次,同学回答的时候,即使有时候疙疙瘩瘩,她也不会打断,而是很耐心地先听完,然后鼓励一番。这让我们能很心态轻松地在课堂上发表自己的观点,同时也感到聆听别人看法,彼此相互促进的重要性。

 

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当然,作为一个留学生,说英语的时候放大胆子也很重要,虽然有时候会因为别人听不懂自己的口音而受挫,但是常常心里对自己说,没关系再说一变或几变就是了。如果是因为自己英语发音不好,那就让当地人帮忙纠正,当作学习的机会也很好。当然,毕竟不是母语,难免会多少有些口音,所以在交流的时候我有意识地放慢语速,一来自己可以考虑如何把句子表达完整,其次也让对方听得清楚明白。当然,对我来说,锻炼英语的最好地方,当然是工作的场合和教会。来澳洲大约半年后,我开始找当地人为主的兼职工作,因为初衷是想多攒社会经验和加强自己的英语,赚零花钱当然不是最重要的目的。所以,在找工作的时候就有选择性地找当地人的咖啡店,老年人家政服务中心,养老院和医院。工作场合给了我很多机会听和说英语,并且在不断的操练中学习。英语的提高真的是个马拉松的过程,不是一蹴而就的,所以有时碰到挫折的时候,就跟自己说,我不需要和任何人比,只要比昨天的自己有一点进步就可以了。

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另一个很多留学生遇到的普遍问题就是思乡的情绪。特别是刚来澳洲第一年,没有很熟悉的社交圈子,学校的朋友,教会的朋友,大家还处在互相寒暄的状态。所以,很多时候如果自己情绪低落,常常会控制不住哭出来。好在我妈妈的手机一直待命,我一打电话给她,他任何时候都会接电话,有时我在电话里哭,她会耐心听并安慰我。我觉得哭出来挺好的,因为在哭的同时,很多情绪都释放和宣泄了。这样等哭完后,就可以想想接下来做些什么让自己开心的。当然,随着时间的推移,我也慢慢结交了一两个比较交心的朋友,可以和她们分享自己的感受。其实情绪这东西,常常伴随着女生,所以一定要找人倾诉。最近,我慢慢意识到,有时候真的千万不要太保护自己的隐私,或者把自己的情绪压抑在心里。相反,我感到越来越舒服和随意,去和身边普通的朋友,或是刚认识的朋友,聊聊自己的生活,或对生活的感悟。当然每个人都不一样,我觉得分享自己的心情是可以让自己减压的好办法。大家可以根据自己的经验,分享属于你的模式。

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Introducing the Master of Public Health

Australian Catholic University is proud to announce the commencement of the Master of Public Health (MPH) course in Semester 2, 2016. To mark the start of this course, Ten X $4,000 scholarships will be awarded to international students commencing the Master of Public Health in Melbourne in July 2016.

ABOUT THE COURSE
Campus: Melbourne
Start dates:  25-Jul-2016 , 06-Feb-2017 , 17-Jul-2017 , 05-Feb-2018 , 16-Jul-2018
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Employment prospects: Half of all Master of Public Health graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors. Managerial, analytical and program-/project-based roles are common destinations for Master of Public Health graduates. For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, an Master of Public Health degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field (e.g. different roles or modes of practice).

What you will learn: Throughout this course students will be equipped with specialised knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve and advance population health and well-being. The MPH allows students to develop advanced and specialised knowledge across the discipline of public health, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, rigorous intellectual inquiry, innovation and thought leadership, and effective communication and advocacy skills. Elective units and a specialisation option are also available as part of this course.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Academic requirements: An undergraduate degree (or higher) in health or related discipline; and a minimum of two years professional experience in health (or related field); or suitable practical experience in public health, global health or humanitarian assistance.

English language requirements: (you must meet any one of these)
– IELTS: 6.5 (of not less than 6 points in each section)
-IBT: 90 (25 each)
-ACU: B (65-74%)
-PTE: 61 (each of not less than 50)

SCHOLARSHIP
To apply for one of the 10 x $4,000 scholarships being awarded, students must first apply and hold an offer for this program.  The scholarship is open to applicants for the July 2016 intake and will be awarded on grounds of  academic and professional merit. Applicants who hold an offer for this program will be advised when applications open. Read more here.

If you have any questions about this course please ask in the comments section below.

Or get in touch with us:
T: +61 3 8676 7040
-study.international@acu.edu.au
-www.acu.edu.au/int_contact
-www.acu.edu.au/int_agents

 

Posted by Frances Coyne

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