Laxmi Chalise

I'm really glad that I took part in UTAS Direct Entry Academic Program before starting my degree. Although my IELTS score was high, my writing skills needed work. If I hadn't done the course at the English Language Centre it would have been a lot harder for me to get settled down.

Laxmi Chalise, Nepal

Bachelor of Nursing

My father made many sacrifices to ensure that his children would receive a good education. I was born in a very small village in Nepal, and I am the first female from there to have ever gone to school.

We moved several times when I was younger, ending up in Kathmandu, in pursuit of education opportunities. I did a certificate of nursing in Nepal, and about 6 months of volunteering in a local hospital, before I decided I wanted to pursue further education in Australia. 

I think I chose nursing because if I look back to my family history, no-one has done any sort of education,  many of them have never heard of higher education at all, so I thought let's do something will best represent my whole family. My older brother thought the same and is now a doctor. My dad is a very proud man.

I had never heard of the University of Tasmania (UTAS) until my agent gave me a list of the top places to study nursing. I even looked up Tasmania on the Internet to make sure it actually was part of Australia. I knew it would be a big challenge, but was attracted the University of Tasmania's high ranking.  I was also lucky enough to receive a scholarship from UTAS to help me with my tuition fees.

I'm really glad that I took part in UTAS Direct Entry Academic Program before starting my degree. Although my IELTS score was high, my writing skills needed work.  If I hadn't done the course at the English Language Centre it would have been a lot harder for me to get settled down. We learnt how to use MYLO and a lot about how to reference and structure assignments.  

My work placements have been the highlight of my nursing degree. I've been to several departments of the Launceston General Hospital, an aged care facility, a community mental health service and the local eye hospital. It has given me a really diverse and useful range of skills and hands-on experience.

Tasmania is a great place to come and study and UTAS is a really nice place for international students. It has a good library, up-to-date facilities and helpful staff; and if you need help with your assignments it is available.

April 2014

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