What are your name and age? Where are you from?
I am Meseret N. Teferra and 31 years old. I am originally from Ethiopia.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline? When did you start studying?
This is my second time in Australia. In 2012 I was one of the AusAID for Africa scholarship holders and I did Master of Engineering (Biomedical) at Flinders University, in Australia. Studying at Flinders I found out their program is astonishing and hence I decided to come back and do my PhD. Our research is focused on alternative home-based rehabilitation modalities for cardiac patients.
What made you choose this programme? How did you decide?
Flinders University is one of the top-ranked universities in Australia and in the world. The teaching and learning environment is designed in such a way that suits every type of learner. The charming and friendly designed campus, the smart class and laboratories equipped with cutting edge technologies are some of the best things which are worth to mention. Most of all, the research theme lead by Medical Devices and Research Institute is the key factor which grabbed my attention.
Did you find your study programme on StudyPortals? If so, how then did StudyPortals help you in your decision process?
Frankly speaking, there are plenty of competitive programs which are posted at Studyportals. As I am convinced that any program posted at Studyportals is credible, when I saw a PhD program at Flinders I went through it and applied. I soon got response form the supervisors and admitted to the program.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?
Before I have been accepted to Flinders University, I have tried to look for different Universities in the Europe and the USA. Most of the time the pin pointing supervisor who is in-line with my interest was challenging. Then, writing a competitive proposal was also another issue.
Did you take a language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) when applying for the programme? If yes, which one did you choose, why and how was your experience with it?
I took IELTS test as it is one of the requirements for student who come from non-English speaking countries. Before I sat for the exam I studied some of the previous testes. Yeah it turned out good and acceptable for most of the universities.
What are three things you like most about the university? Why?
The most important thing I like about this university includes the campus location, the facilities, the study rooms and the people at the student support centre. All in all, they cover most of the components for successful study programme.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?
Adelaide, as the local peoples call it "City of Churches" is a very quiet city compared to the other major cities like Melbourne and Sydney. The city is perfect to study and for those people who are bored with their busy day to day life. But for someone who finances himself, getting a part time job is mainly challenging.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 It is/was a total disaster, 10 I have/had the time of my life)? Why?
I scale my life in Adelaide around 8. Hence, I am sponsoring myself, thousands of miles away from home, doing some part time jobs and studying is very challenging. Maybe, these are the reasons that reduced my level of satisfaction.
What would be your advice for students from your country that consider studying abroad? Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
Unless they secure a fund to support themselves, it is really difficult to study in Adelaide.
What are your plans after graduating?
After graduation, my plan is to return home, open my research and consulting firm in Biomedical Engineering.
What are three things you like the most about the city? Share your favourite spot, at the university and the city with us!The University has a lot of cool spots. The campus is designed in such a way that you can learn while you are entertaining yourself, without getting bored. But my favourite spot is the desk chair located in front of the lake of the campus. The surroundings are green, nothing around except me and the sound of the leaves of the trees. It feels like it is heaven on earth. Adelaide is surrounded by beaches. Two of the most beautiful beaches are Henley and Christ beach. In the centre of the City I enjoyed sitting around Randell mall which is the heart of Adelaide CBD.