Nugroho Kristianto - “Adjusting to life in Australia”

Nugroho Kristianto

Indonesian student of Business Nugruho Kristianto describes his path from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia to Flinders University in Australia.

Hi, everyone! My name is Nugroho Kristianto. My friends here in Adelaide call me Kris.

I am an exchange student from Indonesia. In Indonesia, I study in Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, majoring in Industrial Engineering.

Here at Flinders University, I will be studying the Business Programme. This is because in Industrial Engineering it is good to learn some subjects from management or business field.

As I write this post, I am in my second week in Adelaide. It still fresh in my mind how my family and my best friends took me to the airport. It is so hard to leave my family, and my friends.

The first week was really hard for me. Back in Indonesia I live in a boarding house so I have experienced feeling homesick from my family before. Since arriving in Australia I have found the hardest part is to be far away from my best friends that usually live with me at the boarding house and go everywhere with me. I miss them so much immediately from my first night in Adelaide but am looking forward to making new friends in Adelaide at Flinders. At the moment it is winter in Adelaide so it is quite cold and perhaps not improved my feelings of being away from my family and friends.

But, as the time flies, things have gotten better, and better. In the second week, I have attended the International Student Support Services orientation sessions at Flinders University which has helped me to settle in a lot. It really has helped me find new friends to chat with and introduced me to my new university. Using English in daily conversation has never been my usual preferred language of communication, so it has been pretty challenging for me to speak English the whole day but I am beginning to adjust. As for the cold weather, I think I have got used to it (although it should get warmer soon as Spring approaches!)

It is now still the holiday season for university students in Adelaide, so I have quite a lot of free time. With my housemates, I go to Chinatown, Glenelg, Marion, and Rundle Mall. And in summary after those trips, I think I love Adelaide. It is a nice, clean, and peaceful city. In this second week, I have tried my best to get used to the new lifestyle, such as bus routes, and the food which is quite different from my home in Indonesia.

I almost forget to mention! I have been amazed by the campus of Flinders University. Especially the library, café, and the gym (I am planning to use the gym later on). And it also has a beautiful view which stretches to Adelaides CBD and beaches, because the campus was built in a hill.

In short, it has been unforgettable weeks for me. And I start to enjoy it here. I just cannot wait until next week when the semester will begin. Speak to you all then!