When Amanda Sathiaraj won the StudyAdelaide student ambassador competition in India, she won a trip to Adelaide to undertake a 5-week study tour. Amanda was selected from over 4,000 entries, and her study tour took place in early 2018.
We spoke to Amanda to find out what she thought of Adelaide, how she found the education in South Australia, and how she enjoyed her taste of life in Adelaide.
Why did you enter the StudyAdelaide student ambassador competition?
I was so excited at the prospect of travelling to a new country to explore a new education system as well as different people, places and cultures. When I found out that I won, it was so unexpected and wonderful. And the StudyAdelaide team were fantastic in arranging a study tour that best suited my schedule and interests.
What was your first impression of Adelaide?
It was the first time I had travelled alone, so I was a little worried at first. But, when I arrived in Adelaide and saw a driver there to greet me, I was relieved. It was late at night, and he was waiting with my name on the iPad, so I found him right away.
As we drove into the city of Adelaide, I was delighted by the lights of the buildings and Adelaide Oval. At the hotel, I received a warm welcome from the staff and was shown to my room.
The next morning the StudyAdelaide team helped me get connected with Vodafone, and provided me with my itinerary for my time in Adelaide. I felt so excited at the adventures and experiences ahead and was happy to have arrived in Adelaide.
Describe what you think it would be like to study in Adelaide.
I think studying in Adelaide would be an excellent experience. As part of my tour, I participated in the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program at UniSA. I also had the chance to visit the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. I was very impressed by the facilities at all of the universities. It is clear that Adelaide has very impressive education facilities and infrastructure. There are also many opportunities available for students here, it’s only a matter of utilising them!
I met wonderful researchers and teachers and got to experience a taste of studying in Adelaide. The universities seem to be involved in a range of industries and government activities and offer a wide range of programs, especially in my areas of interest in engineering, technology and medical sciences.
What fun things did you do while you were in Adelaide?
There were so many fun things to do! I got to pick and eat some delicious strawberries at Beerenberg, see koalas and kangaroos at the wildlife park, and go on a tour of the city with EcoCaddy. I also attended the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the world’s second-largest annual arts festival, and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere! The StudyAdelaide team really took care of me.
On one of the days, we took the tram to Glenelg beach. It is a trendy and stunning beach where we spent the day relaxing and enjoying the seaside. It was one of my favourite Adelaide experiences (I even went back there the next day).
I also had a life-long dream come true in Adelaide when the StudyAdelaide team organised for me to swim with dolphins! It was amazing. So much fun and so thrilling. Something I’ll remember forever.
I was also spoilt with fantastic food in Adelaide. As well as lots of shopping where I got gifts for my friends and family at home.
I found Adelaide to be a wonderful city. Full of possibilities, fun and adventure.
Thank you StudyAdelaide for this amazing experience.