Humans of Griffith


Aman is from Hanumangarh in northern India, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. She loves to travel and experience the world, and has a passion for equality and helping people.


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Hi Aman!

What made you want to study abroad? 

I wanted to travel and experience different cultures. As the eldest sibling, I have always wanted to help and I’m passionate about making positive change, so I wanted to join the medical field and study something that I was passionate about. I wanted to create my own life on my terms, and leave my rule-defined life back in India.

Why did you choose Griffith University? 

I love the cultural diversity that was evident, as well as the beautiful campus, and the flexibility with pathways and degree options. I liked that Griffith focuses on the student community and making new friends, and I knew that I would have plenty of opportunities to socialise with other students.

What do you love most about your life in Queensland? 

I really love the beaches and the weather – it’s always sunny. I love that the beach is so close no matter where you live on the coast. Queensland is very laid-back and accepting. I also enjoy the green nature even though I am allergic, so cannot spend too much time around it.

What was your biggest fear about starting your student journey?

Adjusting to the education system, and transferring from a completely offline learning to online learning. I was also concerned about all of the new technology and the online studies that I would have to learn. I really did not know anything about referencing, I learned it this year! 

I was initially afraid of not being accepted and of not making any friends, but being a volunteer and the social aspect of Griffith really helped.

How did you overcome your fear? 

Once I started, the various classes helped and the support on campus was great. I also made friends through buddy programs. I accepted that it takes time to adjust, and I began meeting new people through various social gatherings.


Aman in front of a red wall

‘I wanted to travel and experience different cultures.’


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

My Grandpa said ‘No matter what you do and where you are, knowledge will always help you. Never give up on learning. Be kind, and don’t ever stop learning.’

This led me to my degree, and taught me about caring for other people. It is very rewarding to be able to help people – my entire family is in teaching, so I wanted do something similar.

Who in your life has had the most influence on you?

My Grandpa and my Mom – they taught me that care is the best gift that you can give someone. I got my passion for caring and equality from them.

Grandpa was a shepherd and told a lot of stories. He was always kind to everyone and today people know him, and they look up to him and love spending time with him.

What has been a key moment in your life as an international student?

My first class was a big moment – I realised that I finally made my dream of studying abroad come true. First I lived in Brisbane, and then moved to the Gold Coast. I struggled in the beginning but today I am much better thanks to the amazing community around me.

I have become more comfortable creating my own style and finding myself, through socialising and from doing group work. Back home I felt that I was never allowed to express myself, and now I can finally be and find myself here in Australia.

Do you do any volunteer or extra-curricular activities?

Yes, I joined the Student Guild, and I volunteer by helping at events and in the university community. I enjoy making connections and helping people, as well as the socialising element of talking with the other volunteers. I like being part of the team, like we’re a little family.


Aman in front of green nature on GC campus

‘At the Student Guild where I volunteer, I like being part of the team, like we’re a little family.’

Are you part of any uni clubs?

Yes, I am a part of Griffith Psychology and Counselling Association (GPCA). The committee organises fun events occasionally such as ‘Pizza Movie Night’ or ‘PJ Movie Night’, where we have free food, drinks and a whole lot of fun! We also organise night cram study sessions when finals are getting closer. 

Where can we find you at the weekend?

At the beach, in the gym or eating brunch! I also enjoy karate and playing tennis.

What are your dreams after graduating? 

I hope to become a social worker or a case worker in the disability sector, or working in the hospital. Later in life I’d like to study to finish a PhD, and explore the world helping people.

What is your favourite quote?

My mantra is: ‘You are the greatest project you will ever work on’.  


Aman in front of a red wall smiling

‘You are the greatest project you will ever work on’.




At Griffith University, we celebrate diversity and difference. Our community is made up of students from around the globe, all with a unique story to tell. 

In this Humans of Griffith series, a selection of our international students have chosen to share their experiences, unedited in their own words – from the challenges of studying abroad, to building community and independence, and their dreams after graduation and beyond. 

No matter who you are, or where you are in the world, whatever your study journey, Griffith University is with you all the way. Find out more at 

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