Medical student from Queensland wins National Visas scholarship contest

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One month after the conclusion of the essay contest for its scholarship program, National Visas can reveal the student who deserves its cash grant of AU$1,000. Meet Helen Truong, a medical student from James Cook University, whose submission beat other students in the competition by explaining the benefits of studying in Australia.

From Canada to Australia

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Truong had always dreamed of living in Australia. Although she had travelled within North and Central America as well as Europe, she had long been attracted to the country’s many great qualities. So to make her dream a reality, she reached out, leaving her home country and moving to Australia to study at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory and James Cook University in Queensland. Since leaving Canada in 2009, this National Visas scholarship recipient still cannot believe how much she has seen and done during her four and a half years living and studying in Australia.

Benefits of Studying in Australia

Studying in Australia offered Helen more than education. According to her, living in Australia allowed her to “fully immerse” into the Australian culture and provided her “with ample opportunities to explore all that Australia has to offer.”

Ms. Truong describes Australia as a big country with “beautiful contrasting landscapes” that has unique flora and fauna. She loves diving with the green sea turtles inhabiting the waters around Magnetic Island, driving the east coast of northern Queensland to see the stunning beaches, and rafting the thrilling rapids of Tully River within the Cassowary Coast. She does all these activities during weekends, and in the process, she was able to form bonds and “long lasting friendships with some incredible Australians.”

A born traveller, Ms. Truong also spends her long school breaks visiting other Australian locations and nearby countries. She visits the Sydney and Melbourne metropolises if she wants something nearby and modern. But Helen also appreciates Australia’s proximity to Asia, allowing her to visit many countries—Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam—on a student budget.

Choosing a medical school in the Northern Territory also provided benefits during placement years in her course at CDU. She was able to hold clinics in interesting places, including the town of Jabiru within the Kakadu National Park and many other small towns near Darwin. At JCU, she was placed in the friendly Whitsunday town of Proserpine and the mining city of Mount Isa, two other locations that contributed to her wider understanding of medicine and Australians.

The Essay Contest

National Visas, a trusted migration company in Australia, provided eligible full-time overseas and local students a chance to win a scholarship grant by participating in its essay writing contest. Opened in March 2014 and closed for entry submissions on May 30, the contest required participants to compose a 450 to 500-word essay on the benefits of studying in Australia.

On June 20, National Visas picked the winning entry from the pool, from which Helen Truong’s essay was outstanding. From all of us at National Visas, congratulations, Helen, and good luck with the rest of your studies!

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