Raphela Jude

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Where is your home country?


What do you study?

Bachelor of Arts (Media)

Where do you study?

Macquarie University

What languages do you speak?

English, Hindi, Korean, Malayaman and Tamil

Fun facts about you

I moved to Australia to study at university at the ripe age of seventeen. I'm an avid lover of Korean pop music, drama, and have successfully learnt Korean. I have also traveled to Florida and made a lunar prototype for the National Aeronautical Space Association (NASA). I love trying out new cuisines and love to have brunch with my friends. I love social media; I am a firm believer in its power to connect and bring people together.

What opportunities has studying in NSW given to you?

Studying in NSW has allowed me to grow as an individual and give me plenty of opportunities to leave my comfort zone. I was able to settle into NSW and made friends from all parts of the world. Because of this, I was exposed to various cultures and gained new perspectives. Studying here has also opened a whole new world of opportunities with my participation in the Macquarie University Global Leadership Program where I attended the Canberra Symposium. With these opportunities, I have become a confident person and gained interpersonal skills.

What advice do you have for other international students?

Studying abroad away from your family and friends is challenging. You have to start your life again like a fish out of water. The journey will be hard but staying true to your morals will set you apart from the rest. Always remember the reason you came to study abroad and while it may seem hard at times, it will definitely be worth it in the end. Leap at every opportunity that you come across. Be proactive. Take chances. Change your life.

group photo for mentor program

What has been your favourite experience in NSW?

My favourite experience was when I lived on campus and became a Resident Assistant at the Macquarie University Village. I greeted students from all parts of the world and provided advice when they experienced any problems. I also organised campus tours and enjoyed taking them out to sight see in NSW. I also took this opportunity to share several Indian dishes at dorm parties that I recently learnt to make. This was great as it helped me connect with my Indian roots.

group photo for INTERCHANGE 2018