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Gary - China

Course: High School Graduate Program
Institute: South Australian Government Schools, Henley High School
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Hi! My name is Gary. I'm 18 this year and I'm currently doing Year 12 in Henley High School. The reason why I chose to come to Australia was because I was tired of living in stress and boredom every day and really looking forward to a brand-new life in another country. In Australia, I have more opportunities to meet people from different countries, have a better education and have a fantastic career in the future. My parents were very supportive of my idea.

I'm enjoying studying and living in Australia. I'm totally impressed by the laidback lifestyle and pleasant learning environment here. As an international student, Henley High School provides me with a lot of opportunities to meet people from different countries. I've got my circle of friends. They're made up of Australians, Chinese, Germans, Singaporeans and Vietnamese.

In my spare time, I'd like to go to different parties with my friends. Also, there are so many local entertainment options in Adelaide, such as the Asian Festival, Guitar Festival and Royal Adelaide parade

To be honest, I was very nervous when I first arrived in Australia because of the culture shock. Back then, I was still struggling with my English expression and I didn't really understand what was going on around me. But the support of homestay, teachers and friends helps me retrieve the confidence. That is something I really appreciate.

I'm going to graduate from Henley High School in December and hope to take 'secondary education' at university. I dream of becoming a maths teacher in Australia, and sharing my knowledge and experiences with more students.

Last updated: Wednesday, 27 May 2015 3:10:11 PM

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