OzTREKK’s medicine students talk about their first impressions of Australia
You’re almost there! Only a few short weeks and you’ll be heading off to the Land Down Under!
We know you have a lot on your plates right now, but we’d like to encourage you by sharing former OzTREKK medicine students‘ first impressions of Australia and how they are getting along in their medical programs. No surprise—no one misses Canadian winters!
Med students share their first impressions of Australia and their programs
Settling into Australia has been very easy thus far. I’m not missing the cold weather and snow in Canada all that much haha! – Monash medicine student, Aaron
Things are going great! I survived my first week of medical school and I’m really excited for what the first year of medical school will be like. It was initially really stressful moving in because of the many things that I had to do after landing, but all is well now. I have settled in pretty well and I’m really enjoying my time in Australia. I have met some amazing students and staff members and everyone is really helpful and supportive! – Monash medicine student, Simran
Things are going great. I’m fairly lucky as my partner came with me and my dog arrives from Canada in a week so it is easy to make this feel like home! I love the snow but its hard to miss the cold with the beach so close 😛 … I got the chance to head down to Byron Bay last weekend and that was definitely a highlight. Its nice having it so close. I will have to try make it a more regular trip when I have the time! – Griffith medicine student Kevin
Everything is been going well. Settling in with the workload and getting to know the coast quite well. Highlights have got to be the beaches and the surf. So different than home. – Griffith medicine student, Jonathan
Things are starting to be sorted now and I’m feeling more organized. No time for fun for me. The program has been pretty full on. I’m definitely not missing out Canadian winter though. – Griffith medicine student, Julia
I have been good since moving down under. The first month was quite hectic, trying to settle in and get used to the Aussie way of life, but I think I have managed pretty well. I will say, they are not big fans of Winter Olympics here. Especially on the Gold Coast, all eyes here are to the Commonwealth Games in April. – Griffith medicine student, Nishu
So far it going pretty well. I haven’t stopped sweating since I’ve arrived, but I don’t miss the snow one bit. I’ve explored a bit, but plan on doing much more. The Gold Coast is just amazing. I’m finding things are going well, but it’s really picking up and a lot of work. I’m really enjoying it though. – UQ medicine student, Kate
I feel settled as our workload intensifies in week 2 but, I really enjoy the program. I don’t miss the snow one bit! I was able to do some exploring the week prior and went to the botanical gardens, koala sanctuary, and surfers paradise! I have to say, the koalas are to die for! – UQ medicine student, Kevin
Everything has been good! I made plenty of friends, explored the city. School has been manageable although disorganized, and I miss home a bit. Overall, it has been good. – UQ medicine student, Kevin