Meet our International Captain
Rosalyn Wong, International Captain for 2013
Where are you from and when did you come to St Catherine's?
I originate from Malaysia, which is well known for its tropical, warm atmosphere and, most of all, its food. I came to St Catherine’s in Year 9 as a boarder because I do not have any relatives in Melbourne.
How did you find settling into St Catherine's when you moved here?
Overall, the whole experience was exciting. It was a little difficult at first, moving to a different country and trying to adapt to an environment where everything is new. However, living in the Boarding House made it easier for me, as everyone understands the feeling of being away from home.
What are some of the duties you will take on in your role as International Captain?
One of my main duties is to help all the international students at St Catherine’s adapt to being in a new school. I try to help them mix with students not only from their own country but with others from different countries and locals as well. And it’s a great chance for them to improve their English at the same time.
It is also my role to organise International Club meetings every Thursday by planning fun activities for the girls. I want them to see that International Club can be fun not only for students who are internationals but for students who are locals as well.
What advice would you give to other international students thinking of studying at St Catherine's?
I would strongly suggest that they try and step out of their comfort zone. It’s understandable that being in a different environment can be scary at first, but I found that once I stepped out of my comfort zone, I never regretted a single moment of it. Even if English is not your first language, you should try to make an attempt to get to know everybody, not just those who originate from the same country as you.
I would also encourage other international students to participate in as many School activities as they can. Not only will it be a learning experience, it will also make the challenge more memorable and exciting.