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Challenger Community Services Student Becomes Mentor

Challenger International Student Meg Olszak
Image: Diploma of Community Services Coordination international student Meg Olszak at Perth’s Kings Park

Born in Poland, Meg Olszak is loving life in Western Australia as an international student at South Metropolitan TAFE.

Meg chose to study the course Diploma of Community Services Coordination at Challenger because it is an award winning training provider in the Community Services area and provides opportunities for further studies at university. Other factors included high-quality support from the International Student Support Office and a great location in Rockingham, easily accessed by public transport.

The course lecturers have provided an excellent mix of theory and practice while Meg has studied with people from diverse backgrounds, leading to useful work experience: "The course I have chosen involves communication between people, helping each other, being present and listening to people and their needs… I have been implementing each of those skills by myself in my private life and my career".

"I was lucky enough to have parents who understood the importance of following a dream and Challenger has bolstered my confidence in applying my knowledge to the pursuit of an environmental career," she said.

Now a mentor for international students at Challenger, Meg assists with the Orientation program and induction of new students. Her advice to international students is "Everyone has the right to be listened to. Who knows, maybe your idea will improve an International Student's life. If you have a problem, don't hesitate to ask your lecturers, course coordinator, mentor or International Student Support Office".

Meg loves the sunny climate and finds WA still full of surprises, enjoying attractions such as:

  • Fremantle Maritime Museum and Fremantle Prison
  • Beaches and barbecues at Cottesloe, South Beach, Scarborough, Trigg, City Beach and Hillarys
  • Caversham Wildlife Park to feed and pat kangaroos and enjoy a Native Australian Tasting Platter
  • Penguin Island near Rockingham
  • Margaret River Chocolate Factory and Margaret River wineries
  • Serpentine Falls, Pinnacles National Park, Cervantes, Lancelin, Jurien Bay, Yanchep National Park

Meg hopes to continue her study within the community sector, saying "Australia is full of opportunities for those who want to take them."

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