Before she came to Adelaide, Yidi says she was shy and lacked confidence. But her time studying, working and volunteering in South Australia has built her communication skills and self-confidence. We spoke to Yidi to find out how her experiences in Adelaide have given her a boost to her career aspirations.
Name: Yidi Chen
Course: Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Adelaide
Home country: China
Why did you choose to study in Adelaide?
The cost of living is lower than other big cities, and the University of Adelaide is in the top 108 of the QS World University Rankings, which means I can learn a lot here. Adelaide is different from my hometown as there are not so many high-rise buildings here, and the nature and parks are very beautiful. The people here are also very friendly and helpful.
What are some highlights of your student experience in Adelaide?
My student internships at Taylor Cullity Lethlean and WAX Design gave me the chance to participate in many global and local design projects and learn more about practising landscape architecture. Because of these two experiences, I received another work placement offer from ASPECT Studios which is a global firm.
In my spare time, I’ve been able to continue my 15-year-long love of drawing and art by volunteering as a Chinese translator and drawing tutor at the Art Gallery of South Australia. I’ve also volunteered at the Adelaide Fashion Festival, Minda Incorporated, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and more.
How has studying in Adelaide prepared you for your future career?
The experience of studying in Adelaide has totally changed my life. I was quite shy and less confident before my time in Adelaide. My experiences here have improved my communication skills and given me the confidence to speak in interviews and talk with colleagues and clients. These new communication skills have made me a more competitive job applicant and will help me to gain more career opportunities.
What would you say to students thinking about coming to Adelaide to study?
Make the most of your overseas study experience by attending more activities, volunteering or taking a part-time job during your time in Adelaide. This will help you to make friends and expand your horizons. Also use the resources available to you from your university such as career services, accommodation services, study services. For example, the University of Adelaide has a ‘Talking with an Aussie’ program where you’ll have an Aussie buddy who’ll help you improve your English skills.
Yidi was highly commended for artistic achievement at the 2018 Study Adelaide International Student Awards. Read more about Yidi’s time as a student in Adelaide.