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Name: Sarwat Maqbool

Country: Pakistan

Course: Advanced Diploma of Public Relations

"If you are planning to come to CIT then welcome to an exciting life of learning and friendship. Leave your inhibitions behind and utilise the endless opportunities CIT provides. It has been a journey of liberation for me, and I can assure every international student that CIT will offer the best experience of an academic and fun filled student life. So if you are looking for on-hand skills development, a friendly environment, academic support, adventure and fun, CIT in Canberra is a destination I strongly recommend."

About CIT

Sarwat Maqbool

When you were making your decision to come to Australia to study, what made you choose the Canberra Institute of Technology?

I made the decision to study at CIT after a lot of research. Because of my previous work experience, I was well aware of the skills required to make me a better professional. The course outline for the Advanced Diploma of Public Relation offers not only the best skill set but it is also exciting and internationally practical. Another deciding factor was 'Canberra'. It is a very beautiful and peaceful city which offers many opportunities for fun and development.

Compared to your learning experiences in your home country, how were the teaching methods at CIT different?

Learning in a foreign country is a life changing experience. For me it was more profound as I have a graduate degree and the learning pattern in CIT is very different from a university education. CIT keeps its promise of professional development in every class and in every course. The assessments are designed to not only enhance learning but the confidence which builds the foundation for professional life ahead.

Describe your first impressions of CIT?

My first impression of CIT was when the accommodation manager received me at the airport. After a long and lonely journey, it felt like coming home. The very next day when I attended my first lecture, I knew I have made the right choice. As I was staying at the CIT accommodation, so I made friends who helped me with everything, also to overcome the anxiety and homesickness. I was so impressed by the attitude of the staff and the facilities at CIT. The biggest favor for an international student is the ease to get information and resources to start a new life. CIT and CIT staff made sure this favor was available. And my first day in a new institution, in a foreign country, was both assuring and fun.

What do you enjoy the most about studying at CIT?

I really appreciate the friendly and welcoming attitude of everyone at CIT. Initially I was astonished to find out about the services CIT provides for its students. Peer tutoring, the Learning Center’s, the CIT Student Association (CITSA) and the free counseling are just a few. The exciting class plans and the most pleasant staff made it a pleasure to study at CIT.

In addition, CIT provides a learning environment which liberates its students. Every student is given an opportunity to express themselves. And under the careful mentoring by teachers, sense of achievement becomes more profound and is a usual part of life at CIT.

What part of your course do you enjoy the most and why?

The practical aspects of my course are the most enjoyable part of studying at CIT. All the teachers have professional experience of their field and it is obvious in the class rooms and labs. As soon as you walk into any of the CIT campuses, you can see students busy with the tools of their trade. For me, it was when I was studying media as a part of the course of Advance Diploma of Public Relations. It is exciting to know that the studio at CIT is used for industry class production and gives its students hands on experience and a chance to build networks with the industry.

About Canberra

Describe your impressions of Canberra?

In my opinion, Canberra is the best city in Australia for international students to start their academic life and career. It offers the peaceful environment required for studies and career opportunities. In addition, it is the nation’s Capital, so it is the best place to learn about Australian history, culture and tradition. I love all the four seasons in this city and the myriad of events each season brings with it.

Goals and Advice

What are your long term goals, and how has CIT helped you to achieve them?

Living in Australia and studying at CIT has liberated me and opened new career options for me. In long term, I want to give back to humanity and dedicate my professional skills to make life better for the ones who have not experienced it. Having a qualification from CIT is a positive addition to my profile. I proudly mention CIT to establish my professional skills. As a part of my course, I have worked with local events and offices. This has enabled me to develop relationships that have opened new horizons for me to achieve my ambitions.

What would you say to other international students who are thinking about studying at CIT?

If you are planning to come to CIT then welcome to an exciting life of learning and friendship. Leave your inhibitions behind and utilise the endless opportunities CIT provides. It has been a journey of liberation for me, and I can assure every international student that CIT will offer the best experience of an academic and fun filled student life.

So if you are looking for on-hand skills development, friendly environment, academic support, adventure and fun, CIT in Canberra is a destination I strongly recommend.

 

Sarwat’s tips for International students travelling to Canberra

  • Confirm travel details at least 48 hours prior the journey
  • If you plan to catch a plane at Sydney airport to Canberra, make sure you have at least two hours. Take it from the one who missed the flight.
  • If you use your mobile to tell time, buy a wrist watch before travelling.
  • Australian electricity sockets are different from other countries, so browse the internet for details and buy appropriate adaptors.
  • Once here, remember to pay a visit to International Services Unit, CIT Student Services and the CIT Students Association (CITSA). Most of your problems will get resolved here.
  • Canberra is a very safe and planned city, so don’t panic if you ever lose your way.
  • Ask about bus routes and bus discount cards at the CIT Book Shops on each campus. This is the most useful information you will need.
  • Above all, have fun!