Nicola Kitson

Studying a Bachelor of Economics at University of Queensland

"I'm still waiting for it to sink in - the reality of living and studying in Brisbane, Australia. Everything has run so smoothly that it all seems a little too natural to be here... a whole 16,532km from home! Being faced with the numerous decisions leaving school in England I decided to break it down to what I love to learn, and where I would love to learn it.

"One introductory email to Study Options soon multiplied into many, and with their fantastic up-to-date knowledge on individual schools within universities I was guided on what to do, in particular with regards to funding. I was instantly attracted to the University of Queensland: the gorgeous campuses, outstanding reputation and worldwide connections. I emailed my grades and interests to Study Options and was greeted with information about the School of Economics Centenary Scholarship. I straightaway began the application process.

"I have always had a passion for economics.  I enjoy learning the classroom theories that fundamentally define the millions of decisions made worldwide. The participation of extra-curricular work at school helped support my application. Already, I am so thankful for the opportunity and having just started lectures and tutorials I am keen to get stuck in and hit the books.

"I do believe it is important to make the most out of everything here. However easy it is to say no to new challenges it is ten times more worthwhile to say yes. I have found joining new clubs and teams the best way to settle in, develop skills, learn life experiences and of course make friends. The only (somewhat positive) problem being the vast range there is to get involved with; I now appreciate the cliche of wishing there were more hours in the day! Not only are there many sporting opportunities from beach volleyball to wakeboarding, there are plenty of course-related social clubs to help start early on building graduation employability and make vital connections necessary for internships and work experience. As for Brisbane itself there's everything you need - cafes, parks, areas to relax, a buzzing nightlife and a short journey to the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast.

"Three months ago I never thought I'd be sat reading a Microeconomics textbook... in the sun... in February!"