Nathalie Lundin: Third Year Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student at USC Sunshine Coast

Read Nathalie’s first blog here which was published in November 2019, when she had just commenced her 2nd year of study.

Hello, this is Nathalie Lundin! I’m from Stockholm, Sweden and moved to the Sunshine Coast to study a 3-year Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree, and later added a minor in Fashion Studies. I knew I wanted to study abroad all my life but never really thought of Australia. A random day in January 2018, It came to me, of course I should study in Australia?! I had a look around the internet and fell in love with USC at first glance. Sunshine Coast sounded extremely appealing and after viewing some pictures I made my decision: I was going to Australia.

About USC

Studying Business at USC has been absolutely amazing, I’ve learned so much, gotten to know amazing people at a beautiful campus, all while feeling like I’m on vacation. I can study on the beach, take a hike when I need a break or enjoy my coffee by the pool. The campus also has a really good atmosphere, meeting students within and outside of my own field. The tutors and lecturers has been very helpful. Even during COVID-19, the online materials helped us get through easily.  I’ve learned so much about the business field, gotten a huge perspective and gained knowledge for a solid base to start my career in business. I feel confident in the marketing field, and I’m now also confident in exactly what I want to do.

Before coming here I knew I wanted to get in to the business field but nothing more than that. Now, I know I love to create content, I’m good at analysing fashion and business trends and I have the qualifications I need to get a foot inside the industry. I know my strengths, weaknesses, and how to keep developing as a future fashion marketer.  The course structure has been very helpful, starting off with first years courses that really introduced me to the basics within business and writing reports. In the end, I knew exactly how to write a report, I can reference ideas across different courses, and I understand the connections between different fields in business. All courses has been a piece of the whole puzzle which I can now feel is coming together. 

Living on the Sunshine Coast

Australia has been better than I ever expected and I’ve gotten to see many places, lived close to the beach, and simply went from grey and cold Sweden to summer all year round. My Instagram followers from back home has been jealous to say the least.  During my first year I lived at Varsity Student Accommodation which was the best start ever! I came here not knowing a single soul but after just a few days in, I knew I had found the right place. I chose to live closer to the volleyball courts at Varsity and I’ve gained friends and memories for life. I’ve experienced crazy, funny, and very interesting moments for sure.

I’m so happy I didn’t miss out on this!  I’ve been in Melbourne, Sydney, and a lot in Brisbane, I’ve skydived in Noosa, visited many different beaches, mountains and lookouts! Australia has so much to offer and I recommend to see as much as you can. Just living 10 minutes from Buderim Waterfalls and Australia Zoo feels too good to be true! Here is everything you feel like, everything from adventures like go-card, tree top climbing and hiking, to a calm day at the beach or a nice cocktail at the local beach bars. 

Tip to future students wanting to study abroad?

My tip is to go by the saying of NIKE; Just do it! You will never regret an adventure, and if it’s not for you, nothing forces you to stay either. Take this opportunity if you can. I will cherish these three years forever, and I know I would have regretted it my whole life if I would have ended up not doing it!

Bastien from Reunion Island (Study Experience – Paris) studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast

Hi, how are ya? My name is Bastien and I am from Reunion Island, a French island located near Madagascar. I’ve been in Australia for a year, and I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing. Studying in Australia has been a significant and positive influence on my life. It has completely changed me as a person and I am forever grateful for this experience. That is why I will explain to you the 4 Life Lessons that I have learnt in Australia:

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  1. Meet new and many different people

Studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is the perfect opportunity to meet people from all over the world. United-States, Nicaragua, Norway, Japan, Egypt, Papua New-Guinea, etc. People are from everywhere and you’ll miss a massive opportunity to expand your mind and discover new cultures if you choose to only hang out with people from your own country. You probably won’t get along with everybody, but you’ll meet an abundance of beautiful and like-minded people and truly be accepted. No matter where they are from, no matter what their religion, ethnicity, habits or social class are, international students are similar to you in more ways than you think. At the end of the day, we are all here to study and have fun!

2. Do things you are afraid of

 At the beginning of my first semester, my marketing teacher told me “The magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone!”. During your Australian journey, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do scary new activities like travelling by yourself, skydiving, talking in front of a crowd, going to a random party and talk to strangers, create online content and driving on the right side of the road. These things have terrified me for years. Now, I am beyond proud to say that I have faced and controlled these fears, and they have made me a brighter, louder and a more confident person because of it.

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3. Take care of your physical and mental health

Whether you’re living at Varsity or Unicentral, try to be active every day. Student accommodations provide pools, a volleyball court, and tennis courts. Make the most of these to feel good in your body. If you live in a private unit, you can go for a hike, surf or run in Mooloolaba. 10 to 15 minutes of daily physical activity is enough and keeps the mind healthy. When studying at USC, your courses will also give you enough spare time to cook healthy dishes. Do it. In a few years, your body will thank you. If you need help to maintain your mental health, feel free to reach out the Student Wellbeing, which provides psychologists, social workers and health promotion practitioners services for students. Or if you’re not interested in that, talk to your friends! We are all in this together.

4. Do not waste too much time

The biggest lesson I have learnt in Australia: realise how precious time is. A semester, a year, and even a whole degree abroad, goes by so fast. Especially when you’re in a paradise like Australia. Therefore, I advise you to do what you want as soon as possible. You want to go to the beach? Do it. You want to go for a road trip? Do it. You want to have a night out? Do it. Every day is precious in your Australian adventure, and you won’t have the opportunity to do those things ever again when you’ll be back home. Enjoy every second that you have in Australia, embrace every opportunity, and don’t waste time with what drags you down. Memories are more valuable than any other souvenir you could take home – take pictures, make friends and have the time of your life while studying abroad.

Well, I hope those tips will help you to enhance your abroad experience. Thank you for reading until the end. Enjoy!

Bastien

Nathalie Lundin from Blueberry World Wide in Sweden studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast

Blog3_-_Koala-triangleHello! I’m Nathalie Lundin from Sweden, and I’m studying for a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC Sunshine Coast. I am currently on my second year out of three in total and it’s only getting better and better! I came here with help from Blueberry World Wide and they made everything so incredibly easy. I had a spontaneous wish of studying in Australia, clicked on ‘apply’, and a few months later I was on my way to live my best life, away from cold and grey Sweden! Best decision I’ve ever made.

5 Things that will make your friends back home jealous when studying at USC Sunshine Coast:

Blog2 - BuderimFalls1. Take a cheeky waterfall-shower 15 minutes away from campus:

Buderim Falls is located only 15 minutes from USC and it’s the perfect little break from studying or to just chill out for a hot second. Buderim Falls is just one of an amazing amount of beautiful waterfalls so see in Australia!

2. Cuddle with ‘Australian-only’ animals:

Blog4 - KangarooOne of the first things I saw walking to the USC campus was the kangaroos, just casually hopping around freely and to my surprise, I saw them almost every day somewhere around campus and it never gets old! And if you get a chance to see a Koala, go for it! They’re even cuddlier than you think.

Blog5 - Surfboard3. Try surfing and other cool water sports:

With Sunshine Coast’s absolute amazing beaches it’s definitely a bucket list thing to try out surfing! USC is located very close to many beaches, so it’s pretty much which one you feel like that particular day! Mooloolaba Beach, Alexandra Heads, Kawana Waters, Coolum Beach and Noosa just to mention a few of Sunshine Coast’s beaches. So far I’ve tried surfing, skimboarding, kneeboarding, wakeboarding and surfing after a boat. I can’t say I’m amazing but it’s so much fun to just go for it and try! Or just get an Instagram photo with the board, whatever floats your boat 😉

4. Relax with some beach volleyball and pool hang with other students between classes:

blog8 - volleyballI lived at Varsity apartments for my first year and I’ve never had so much fun in my life. Moving to Australia without knowing anyone was no issue at all, from day one I met other students in the same position and here I am today with friends for life and some crazy memories. Just walking outside of the apartment for some volleyball, pool hang or tennis makes Uni-life so much better. You meet new people constantly, and really, the only bad part is when someone is going home after their semester here in Australia.

Blog8 - Great Barrier Reef5. Try out the city life in Sydney and Brisbane:

The Opera House, Blue Mountains, and Darling Harbour in Sydney. Eat Street, the concerts, the sports events, and South Bank beach are a few things worth doing and seeing in the big cities. Take a weekend or the mid-semester break to go crazy and explore the city life before heading back to the beautiful and calm beaches home in Sunshine Coast.

– Nathalie Lundin @nattlundin