Why I'm staying in Aussie
Is it really better across the ditch?
I moved to the Gold Coast at the beginning of last year for study.
I am 23 and knew I wanted to study in the health care field since I was 16.
I completed the First Year Health Science Course down in Otago but I found it too competitive to get in, and missed out on a position because my grades weren't high enough.
So I completed a BSc at Otago University and applied again, this time at Auckland University as well. I didn't get into either as my grades still weren't high enough.
I had been developing a back-up plan of moving to Australia to pursue my dream, and I did very well on the standardised Australian pre-med exam (GAMSAT). I did well enough to get an interview at Griffith University - something I did't get at Auckland and was not even offered at Otago University as a requirement for medicine.
I breezed through the interview and secured myself a spot. Having a spot in medicine in Australia and zero spots in New Zealand, the choice to move over the ditch was only inhibited by my ability to fund the degree. Luckily, I have wonderful parents who stepped in and made the decision to completely fund all the costs involved - something which I am very appreciative for.
Now that I have experienced the health care system over here in Australia I intend to stay once I have finished my study. I know a lot of people who have gone through a similar process as me - finding that the entry criteria for medicine in Australia favours individuals who are well rounded, not just high marks in exams.
Some choose to come here for other reasons, but the huge amount of competition for professional courses in New Zealand is certainly contributing factor which is sending students like myself across the ditch.
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