I work with disadvantaged children in my home country. I volunteered to do the course at CIT so I could pass on my new knowledge back home.
I worked for the Miss Ghana Foundation back home. We do a lot of charity work with children in orphanages. Some of them have emotional issues because of negligence from their parents, and we don't know how to deal with that. I decided to volunteer to do the course at CIT for two years, and then pass on that knowledge back home.
The subjects I enjoy the most are holistic development studies, because it has a lot to do with children's development and milestones, learning about their temperament and personalities, what to expect at certain ages and how to care for them. I'm enjoying learning how to support the development of children.
My CIT experience
I liked the look of the campus and where it's located; it looked like it had a very natural feel to it. My country is the same; we have so many trees around, so I thought CIT would feel more like home than Sydney or Melbourne.
At the moment I am working in childcare. It's really helped with my study and put into practice what you're learning in the classroom. You get to see everything going on in reality and you get to have hands on experience.
I think every student is scared of resubmitting assessments because it feels like you've failed. But the teachers are very supportive and they tell us that it doesn't mean that we failed, it just means that you need guidance about what you missed. They're very supportive and they're very patient.
My Canberra experience
I love Canberra. In the beginning we went to Mount Ainslie to look over Canberra, and I visited Telstra Tower. I've made a few friends, most of them I met while trying to get a job. I like the quietness, because I need that environment to learn and concentrate.
Canberra is a really good place to study. Lots of countries really respect Australian education and a lot of people want to come here. I love the teachers at CIT, the environment, the people, the services available, the library, the canteen, there's so much here to talk about!
I have two plans. The first is to go home and share my knowledge and help use what I've learned in my country. The second plan is to do a bachelor in social work, and go into child protection and psychology.