As an avid traveller, Prianca Govender knew that an opportunity to complete tertiary study in a foreign country was too good to pass up. She wanted to experience a culture different from her own and decided that Australia was the place to be to pursue a degree in Biomedical Science. When Prianca commenced her study, she also immersed herself in the Griffith University community, going on to become a Student Ambassador with Griffith Mates and President of the Griffith University Music Society . Prior to leaving South Africa for Australia, Prianca’s Grandmother told her to trust her instincts and find people that align with her values. She says this sage advice has guided her decisions while living abroad and offered her experiences that have been truly memorable.
Prianca’s favourite quote is;
“The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.” by Rumi
Learn more about Prianca, below.
What made you want to study abroad?
I’ve wanted to study abroad since I first travelled to Europe in 2011. My family was fortunate enough to be able to travel a few times after that and each time, I was increasingly excited at the prospect of living somewhere else. I fell in love with the world outside of my own little bubble and knew I wanted to be a part of it as soon as possible.
I decided to make the move for tertiary education during high school. I would have many talks about it with my Mother and she fully supported the idea that I should move before I study and not after. She knew the importance of the transferability of an overseas degree i.e.. that my degree might not be looked at in the same light if it was done in South Africa compared to Australia. She also knew that it would mean I’d have access to better equipment as part of my degree and better infrastructure. Beyond that, she told me that it would allow me to grow as a person more than I could ever fathom. You know how the saying goes; Mother indeed knows best. I was fortunate to have support in my endeavours from my family and so, when the time came, I applied to universities overseas and the rest is history.
Why did you choose Griffith University?
I knew I wanted to study biomedical science. This degree appealed to me because it covers a broad range of topics and gives you a lot of time in the lab so you can develop hands-on experience. When researching universities in Australia, I found that Griffith was the first university in Australia to offer the biomedical science program in 1991. This appealed to me because it meant that the degree had been tested by time and given a chance to grow with new information and technologies as we discovered them.
I researched further into the university and also found that they were ranked in the top 2% worldwide. I also read about their core principles and values and found that they aligned with mine.
What do you love most about your life in Queensland?
I love the safety of the city and the nightlife. I love how I’m always learning about new places to explore and things to see, it’s like Queensland is infinite. I enjoy going down to Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta and playing around with my friends on the beach. I also love how easy it is for me to access different types of food here. I’ve definitely made a list of regular spots and will be showing all of them to my Dad when he comes down for graduation soon.