Simone Giurastante (Italy)

Studying Diploma of Nursing

Simone Giurastante (Italy)

Hi, my name is Simone, I’m 26 years old and I’m an international student from Italy.

I’ve been in Melbourne for two and a half years and despite how much I love it here, my journey so far has been far from easy. I came to Australia with a working holiday Visa, unsure of what I wanted to get out of this experience. All I’ve done during my first year was enjoying my time and working; taking advantage of the four months allowed to study. I enrolled in an English course that helped me so much to improve my English and also gave me the possibility to start socializing and make my first international friends!

I then applied for the IELTS examination (Academic level) without a particular reason; my only intention was to test my English skills with an internationally recognised English language test. It was only when I got my results that I started to consider the option of staying for a longer period of time as if the score I read on the letter I received gave me strength and courage to make a step forward.

The only way to stay, for me, was obviously getting back to study therefore I started my research. Melbourne offers a huge number of courses for international students but in the end I chose to study a Diploma of Remedial Massage, I then started looking for an institute to enrol to.

I came across Holmesglen Institute of TAFE through a friend of mine that suggested it to me, I then started gathering information firstly via the Internet and secondly calling on Skype the migration agency which I relied on when I was still in Italy to prepare all the documents needed for my departure.

All I heard were great things about it and I now can confirm everything I heard!

Friendly, accommodating and always available to help, that is how I can describe all the teaching staff in my course. I love every moment here, from the people I meet to the skills I am learning and the quality of the teaching, to the point that I made the decision to keep on studying at Holmesglen after the conclusion of my Diploma course enrolling for a Bachelor of Nursing.

Australia is really a land of opportunities, and with a bit of sacrifice and effort you can do great things!