Dakshitha Narendra

Dakshitha Narendra

Country: Sri Lanka
Degree: Bachelor Engineering (Computer Systems)
Faculty: Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Why Adelaide?

I chose to study in Australia because it is such a multi-cultural, forward-thinking country.  Unlike many other countries around the world, its economy is good and the future looks bright.  My choice to study in Adelaide was influenced by the fact my Uncle and Aunt live here. I knew they would support me and be there to help should I need it.

What made you choose your course?

The course covers off a broad range of subjects relating to the electronics sector, such as programming, circuit analysis and digital systems.  I knew this qualification would open up lots of different career paths to me in the future. The school of electrical and electronic engineering has been around for a long time and has a great reputation. Their courses are well structured and balanced.

What do you like best about the uni?

I like seeing the mix of old and ultra-new buildings around campus.  The general atmosphere is really vibrant.

I chose to study in Australia because it is such a multi-cultural, forward-thinking country.

- Dakshitha Narendra

What do you like about your course?

The electronics side of the course is probably the most enjoyable for me.  Since I was a child, I have loved breaking down remote control cars and building them back up again.  I get to do this hands-on, practical kind of building throughout the course. Every semester we have a practical project.  In the first year we made a radio and electronic dice and last semester some power amplifiers.

What do you like about Adelaide?

I like the fact the city is not as rushed and crowded as other cities.  I don’t like traffic jams and in Adelaide there are very few. Essentially, I can do everything I want to do within a 20 minute radius of my house.

Has the Sri Lankan Students Association been useful to you?

Yes, I have met lots of Sri Lankan friends through the Association.  The group was established 10 years ago so that current students could help newly arrived S students to settle into life in Adelaide.  The Association is run entirely by students and puts on a number of events each year to help students bond with each other. I have been to 4 or 5 events and have organised the last couple events myself.  Being a committee member helps develop your leadership skills.

Is it easy to find Sri Lankan food in Adelaide?

It is possible to buy all of the ingredients in Adelaide to make Sri Lankan food at home.  There are lots of Indian shops and the Central Market sells everything. I eat out at Sri Lankan restaurants from time to tine but it is of course cheaper to cook at home.  The one thing I really miss is hoppers…it’s not so easy to cook them at home.