My name is Inès Naceur, I am 21 years old and I come from Paris, France. I am at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) because for my 3rd year in the business school, where I have to do a one-year university exchange. Back in France I am studying at the PSB Paris Business School.
I decided to come to the Sunshine Coast because, first of all, I had heard many positive things from former students of my school, and I wanted to leave the city. I have lived in Paris for 21 years, and with the option to live near the beach, surrounded by exotic animals such as kangaroos and koalas, made me dream. Moreover, the campus is large and full of greenery, and living in such a place is an incredible opportunity. In the end, I didn’t hesitate once and decided to come to USC.
Places I’ve explored
It is very easy in Australia to make friends, so I was lucky enough to be able to discover several incredible places near the Sunshine Coast. Indeed, during the holidays, I was able to do a road trip to the Whitsundays, which are islands in the north of the Sunshine coast. I am surprised at the size of the country. On the map it doesn’t seem that far away. Noosa, being my favourite place for the moment, is nevertheless closer to USC, which is a huge opportunity because the beaches are heavenly.
Another of my great memories is when I first arrived at USC were being able to touch a kangaroo, a snake and a koala brought to campus by Wildlife HQ Zoo during Orientation Week. It was a wonderful welcome! Surfing at Alexandra Headlands is also one of our favourite pastimes here, and I must admit that I’m not disappointed because that’s exactly what I thought of Australian life. During our road trip, we also saw Rainbow beach, which is a huge beach, with colours on the hill, yet another breathtaking landscape. At Cape Hillsborough, we saw kangaroos on the beach, and it was once again an unexpected and feasible experience only in Australia.
Unfortunately, some of my friends will have to leave in a few months because they are here for only 6 months, but I am very happy to be here until June 2020 because leaving in a few months would have given me a feeling of unfinished business. There are so many beautiful places to discover.
When I leave, I will miss the kangaroos, the teachers (who, unlike my country, are very close to the students and really want to help them and make them progress), the kindness of the Australians, and the landscapes like nowhere else…
In conclusion, this beginning of adventure and studies in Australia is only positive and I look forward to better discover this country I love. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to break my Parisian routine and go on an adventure!
– Inès Naceur @ines.ncr