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By Amber Weir, Grok Magazine.
Amelia Nguyen will be the International Student Committee (ISC) President for 2020, her pronouns are She/Her and she is currently studying a Master of Commerce in Information Systems and Technology. If she had all the time in the world, Amelia says she would spend her time reading about personal development, playing piano, learning about spiritual knowledge, doing yoga and drinking Bubble Tea.
Amelia has been a Curtin Business School Student Committee Representative and has also participated in a study tour in France at Strasbourg Summer School.
What is your favourite campus food?
I’m not going to choose just one so here comes my list: Jumpling noodles, Main Cafe Karage chicken, Malaysian chicken meatball and Common Grounds chips.
What is your biggest whine/peeve about campus?
I’d say having a huge campus is a great thing to boost your daily steps but I’ve found myself running out of breath running from one class to another, so I might get myself a Segway board.
What would you like to do after you graduate university?
[I’d like to] swim in different waters before coming back to academia as a teaching staff and/or having my own consultancy practice.
How can the Guild help make university life better?
We’re making sure that every single issue—big or small—that matters to our students are [being] heard and taken into consideration in the university decision making.
How and why did you get involved in the Guild?
I’ve always wanted to help fellow students to take advantage of the Curtin experience that I’ve been very fortunate to have so far. I first came to the Guild as the Women Officer’s with an aim make more employability services available to female-identifying students.
How do you think you can make a difference this year, and what are you hoping to achieve?
Being part of such a global university with multiple campuses around the world, our International Student Committee understands the challenges of packing your bags to study in a completely different setting with multiple barriers. These challenges often come with lots of stress, anxiety and depression, so one of our priorities this year is to lower the stigma around [mental health] and improve awareness.
What is your advice for making the most out of the uni experience—especially for first years?
Definitely going to at least one club/societies event post O-Week events to stay motivated and engaged with more like-minded students before the semester is in full swing.
Check your email/Uni Hub/our social media platforms as often as you can, you are probably just one email away from connecting with your dream recruiters on campus or talking to someone who’s doing exactly what you want to do in the future.
This article is part of a Curtin Student Guild interview series conducted by Grok Magazine.
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