Hey Explorers, Derek here; a Griffith University QCA Graduate!
I’m here today to share with you my wonderful story behind becoming part of the international buddy program!
Attending QCA (Queensland College of Art) as a new Griffith international student myself, I understood the appreciation and importance towards giving back to new International students. So, I joined the International Buddy Program.
After a few in-class room training sessions alongside a few past experienced buddies, I learnt from the Griffith International team, about how to be a great and wise senior buddy to my new (probably shy) junior buddy!
I was partnered up with one of the newest international students attending the Griffith Film School.
Though I studied photography next door, it was still great to show the new student around the campus and be a new friend/mentor to them. A little goes a long way, especially in a totally unknown city! We met several times throughout the first trimester to check in and give each other advice on ongoing school assignments. I advise any 2nd or 3rd year international students to consider becoming a Griffith international buddy; you can pursue it at any of the Griffith’s 5 campuses.
Be sure to enroll in some of these awesome trips early in your time at Griffith to ensure you get a spot!
Check out a great trip I tagged along to with Griffith Mates to Noosa!