Maggie Chiang shares her adventure to the most liveable city in Australia
What’s it like moving to Australia’s most liveable city in the world – Adelaide? Master of Clinical Nursing student, Maggie (Man Chi) Chiang, had never been to Australia before but, after a short journey from her home country of Taiwan, she is excited to make some new friends.
Why did you choose to study nursing?
I chose nursing because I am passionate about delivering care and building therapeutic relationship with patients.
Why did you choose the University of Adelaide?
The University of Adelaide has the top-ranked nursing school in South Australia, which focuses on hand-on experiences and provides a high-quality simulation environment for better clinical learning outcomes.
What are you enjoying most about your degree?
The Master of Clinical Nursing program includes all aspects of nursing, including communication skills, clinical skills, and critical thinking skills, which ensures every student becomes confident to enter the workforce after graduation. I have found that my classmates in the Master of Clinical Nursing come from a variety of professional backgrounds, which has allowed me to see different perspectives when approaching the same situation or reflective questions as a group. This has helped enable me to understand topics comprehensively.
Tell us about your journey back to campus.
I had never been to Australia, let alone Adelaide, before. However, I have heard that Adelaide is the most liveable city in Australia because of the well-organised public transportation system as well as the comfortable living environment and climate, which made me really look forward to exploring this city.
Since I had never been to Australia before, I relied on my agency to make arrangements for me like booking plane tickets and organising student accommodation. My flight transferred in Singapore and, when I arrived in Adelaide, I took a taxi to my accommodation. I chose to live in Urbanest because it is extremely convenient to live in the heart of the Adelaide city and I can find someone for help 24/7 if needed. This was especially important as everything was new to me in Adelaide.
My advice for if you do not have friends or family in Adelaide is to participate in as many events as you can and try to make new friends with an open mind. Life in Adelaide can be colourful and interesting!Maggie Chiang
Why is it important to you to have an on-campus experience in Adelaide?
There are many benefits to studying on campus. Before the semester started, there was a range of activities held by the University of Adelaide for international students, which helped me become familiar with different aspects of the city, culture, and campus. These events also gave me the opportunity to make friends from different backgrounds. During the semester, the campus not only provides a great environment for students to study and discuss in, but also offers all kinds of services such as the Writing Centre and Maths Learning Centre to help students study efficiently and effectively.
What are you most looking forward to doing now that you are in Adelaide?
I’m definitely most looking forward to building a stronger connection with this city by making more close friends and exploring the beauty of Adelaide together.
Who are you most looking forward to catching up with and why?
When studying in a foreign country as an international student, I often cannot help but think of my family. In the times that I start to feel homesick, I am excited to connect with my family again, or catch up with some Taiwanese friends in Adelaide.