Life is a bundle of different experiences, both good and bad, from our birth to the end. People get asked different variations of the same question:
“What has been your best experience?” in life. People may have answered the same question with various answers. For instance, birthday parties, winning games, special occasions, and certain programs, while some others finds that their experience as being parents was the most rewarding one they have had. Personally though, I consider my time in college as my most valuable experience.
Being an international student, I had many options to apply for my college or university. I am also a student who is always concerned about the quality of studies and programs. This reason made me search for different colleges and universities. Finally I ended up with IHNA [Institute of Health and Nursing Australia], one of Australia’s premier providers of quality education and training. The institute’s key area of expertise and course delivery are Nursing, Health and Community services such as Aged care, Disability support and Early Childhood Education and Care, health management and English language studies and I opted for my favourite course ‘Nursing’.
First, my experience in college has given me a chance to sharpen my skills, practice and enhance knowledge in my field of choice. There have been, and will continue to be, many opportunities to learn more ways of improving skills as a result of the time spent in school, which I am truly thankful for. The opportunities of face to face learning with the guidance of tutorials, training, real demonstrations, presentations and motivation on a one to one basis by the institute’s trainer is the best part of the college. This was my first experience studying at an overseas college, with a class that was multicultural and a language that was new. I enjoyed the experiences as I understand it builds up the mutual understanding and abilities to learn about one another when living and working together.
With a fully equipped campus, IHNA provides modern facilities and amenities, sports and game facilities, opportunities to celebrate birthdays and different occasions, including state-of-the art nursing and computer laboratories, a student library, audio-visual equipped classrooms, full real-world based practicals with best of the best tutorials, carrying out demonstrations on real human lookalike dummies which I should not forget to mention. All the practicals in different hospitals and aged care centres were unforgettable, where I was able to translate all my theoretical knowledge into practice, with the help of senior staff, educators and RNs. Every time I was encouraged and given a very good feedback from my senior staff, which was satisfying and made me motivated to perform even better.
Truly from my heart, I enjoyed each and every single second of my time during class without missing a single class in the entire period of 2 years. The love I got from IHNA teachers is precious for me. I must thank Michelle Tolentino [Course coordinator], Litesh Mehta [Lead educator], Jordana Tamayo [Clinical placement staff], Sarita Chavan Sharma – [Staff Admin] and other each and every teacher of IHNA who are very kind, helpful, supportive and stand right behind the students to help them to move forward and reach their goals and their destination, just as parents would do! These experiences are truly irreplaceable and I would not trade them for anything. If I could go back in time and speak to my much younger self when I was first asked the question, “What has been your best experience?” the baby-faced version of me would certainly have been surprised by what my answer is now.