There are certainly a lots of new things I have learn through out my first undergraduate semester in RMIT. The first time I stepped into RMIT, I am not sure what to expect. For sure it is going to be a new kind of experience for me compared when I did my diploma back in Malaysia. I have learn a lot, not only academically but also for the other part of life. I believe I am improving in term of media knowledge nowadays and being able to absorb something different to be brought back home. Though it is already the end of the semester, I feel that this is just the beginning of my life here in Melbourne, specifically in RMIT.
Through four project I have done, I have learn on how to work independently and also how to develop the creative sides of me. I also have learn the importance of good communication for my last project brief. As for my last project brief, I have also learnt on to look deeper into my own country media perspective. Australia’s media is not perfect as well, but I personally thinks that there are certain improvement we can make back home in Malaysia.
The course is almost entirely based online and its amazed me on how time flies and changes everything. I still remember back in my diploma, we still used physical books to study and even now, undergraduate students in Malaysia are still using physical books. Besides, there are no final exams for this course and it surprise me at first. Compared to Malaysia, we had to do all the assignments and we also need to sit for the final exams. In my own opinion, media is all about learning new things, you can never expect on what are you going to see or to do for the next days. Media nowadays keep on changing rapidly and project based assignments really help us a lots to understand more about media that surround us. Not to say that theory aren’t needed, but with the emphasis of both practical and theory, I believe that media students is well aware and well equipped for the future.
The most challenging for me as an international student is definitely to adapt with the news systems and surrounding. It was hard for me at first to get along with some of the students here but hey, that how media students need to do, mingle around. I also have some difficulties at first to understand the online learning system we had here as I don’t have that kind of exposure back in Malaysia. I love hands on experience, learn how specific camera or mic differ from other and etc.
I really feel that I need to engage more with other in my coming second semester. I do thinks that I have chose the right university to pursue my passion in media and it has been verified in my first semester here. First semester is over and I truly had a blast!