Diplomas student Amena Ziard
"Change can be scary, and that's okay, just as long as you adapt to it."
Written by Monash College Diplomas student, Amena Ziard.
I remember my first day at Monash College like it was yesterday. Funny how it feels like that, because it's been exactly one year since I first stepped into Monash College. It all feels like a dream now, but back then I was nervous beyond relief. I have always been nervous on first days: of kindergarten, middle school, high school, karate class – you name it. This wasn't any different, except that I made a conscious decision to interact more, ask questions, wear a cheesy smile – simple feats that I hoped would bring my confidence level up, fake or make a good impression to my lecturers and tutors, and perhaps even get to make some friends.
Thankfully, my cheeky but effective little strategy worked and the first week of orientation went by like a breeze: It was arguably the most fun I had since hay days at high school and it helped me step out of my timid self for a while. I felt like I was a part of a greater team, which was a nice change from feeling like socially awkward me. Fortunately, most of my course mates and college colleagues were an amiable folk, jovial and animated in conversation with the most fascinating things to say and amusing body language that sometimes accompanied that. I think it's safe to say we've all bonded pretty well. I am, after all, in touch with a bunch of them. And yes, we still have a good laugh and continue to share good times post-college.
At times, it felt like adjusting was tough, but the support system of the staff is enviable; it felt reassuring and comforting to know that there were professional, expert individuals who cared about our progress and were concerned about our settlement into college. Other times, I got by with a little help from my friends – just like The Beatles' song. I'm pleased to have met such a vibrant community from staff to students that have not only made my stay at the college enjoyable and interesting, but also helped provide an atmosphere that enabled me to prosper academically and socially. Even my most sincere thanks wouldn't do them justice, that's how much I appreciate the support they have given me. During my stay at Monash College, I was able to nourish my ambitious nature, like advocating for a student-run Monash College publication, which I hope will become a reality someday.
I trust the new batch of Monash College students will have a good time at the College and go on to do fine things. My advice for them would be to be daring, to be an active member in student society, and grab whatever opportunity comes their way. Sure, change can be scary, and that's okay, just as long as you adapt to it.
Do your best and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are just a part of your learning process and just as the Monash motto goes Ancora Imparo, "I am still learning" and you are still learning too.