Zulhaimi bin Mahmud
It was really a big decision when I decided to pursue my further studies not long ago. I had to consider on many issues such as family commitments, career, and personal matters but importantly questions of where to study and what course to select for the beneficial of my future prospects. Luckily, a friend of mine had come across with Mable of E & M Education Counselling Centre Sdn Bhd and was able to share some of the information and thus shed some light for a clearer pathway. Without hesitant, I immediately contacted Mable and subsequent meetings with her and also Melanie had confirmed my commitment for this undertaking. I was glad to meet them because their opinion and assistance in making my route became much easier and a guided one. After making the big decision with their consultation, I was always being able to get their help at immediate response to solve problems along the `journey’. The processes taken from the beginning of the application submission to the final stages were no doubt, `complicated’ especially if without a proper guidance. However, as I would like to reiterate here, much of the difficulties were alleviated with Mable and Melanie quick assistance and response. I am now studying my masters by research degree in the University of Southern Queensland at its main campus, Toowoomba. I have been here with my family for almost four months, still in the first semester which will ends this month. I am glad to choose Toowoomba and the university because simply find the atmosphere here quite relax and quiet, suitable to study and for my family living. The university is a small to medium size but with all necessary infrastructures to accommodate the students need. Its library is excellent to support your studies with varieties of qualities of references. The relatively cheaper place to live than other major Australian cities has relaxed my expenses pressure considering of my family commitments. The city is a multi-cultural society with many foreigners either international students or immigrants live together with the Australians harmoniously. You can find almost everything you need from its shopping malls or supermarkets located all around the city. There are a number of Malaysian families currently studying in the university and live around the campus especially at Darling Heights sub-urban. Primary school children mostly enrol at the Darling Heights State School whilst for the secondary schooling at the Harristown High School. These are all located near to the campus which makes going to and returning from the schools easier. The students always help each other and social gathering quite frequently held to bring the relationship closer among the community members. Weekly activities are organized such badminton and football games. In brief, the study experience coupled with the living in this part of the world is a fulfilling one! Thanks again to E & M Education especially to Mable and Melanie, and the staff for their friendly and great efforts which I will never forget.