In all groups and blogs where I am participating at the moment, a lot of people ask me if it’s worth leaving everything to experience Australian life. Every time I see this question a lot of things come to my mind: the life I had in Brazil, the money I’ve spent, the difficulties at the beginning of my life in Australia, my family and friends back home, everything that I’ve learned here and everything I’ve seen and experienced.
To be honest, when I go through difficult moments, I sometimes think it was not worth it, that I am an idiot for dropping my stable life in Brazil to go on an adventure to the other side of the world, to learn English in the most distant country I could have ever chosen…
Let me explain a little bit about my life, so you can understand why I decided to move to Australia. I wasn’t living with my mom anymore. I was living with my boyfriend (now my husband) in a small city in the countryside. I was working as an administrative coordinator in a franchise, it was a full-time job and I was considered an excellent worker. However, we started thinking about the idea of living in another country, where we could learn English and do a post-graduate course, so we could have better job opportunities when going back to Brazil.
In our first conversation about leaving the country (that I remember as if it was yesterday) the only place that came to our minds was Australia. I had worked for an international agency before, and I knew the country had excellent English courses, that the weather was quite similar to Brazil’s and that I could work part-time while studying. Less than six months after this conversation we were already in Australia.
At the beginning, like with all new things, it was not easy. Even having an intermediate level of English it was difficult for me to understand the Australian accent, I was making just $12 dollars per hour in my job (the minimum by law is $16), my boss was too rude, it was winter and I was always cold when going back home after classes, I was under pressure to save money to renew my visa and I was missing my family so much that I dreamed about going back to Brazil every week.
But after a while I started to get used with my new life: I got a better job, I started to be more fluent in English, I got to talk more with my family in Brazil and Sydney eventually got warmer. Now, when I look back, I am proud of everything I have experienced here. I visited amazing places, landscapes that could only exist in this country, my English has improved a lot since I arrived, I’ve met some people who will remain my friends for the rest of my life (especially two that I eventually chose as my bridesmaids), I grew so much as a person, I learned the importance of having close friends and family, and thanks to the help of a lot of people, I’m taking a post-graduate course in a foreign country.
The whole process was not easy (but how says life is easy anyway?), I spent a lot of money and it was sometimes draining, but it’s all been worth it. I’m not saying it’s all about leaving everything in our home country, but about making a pause from our comfortable lives to get to know the rest of the world a little bit, and at the same time, to discover ourselves.
So, if you are still struggling to decide if you really want to study overseas, just remember that the most important things you have in life will be there when you go back home: your family and your friends. The difference will be that this time, you will arrive with a whole lot of knowledge and the awesome experience of having lived the adventure of your life, and you will realise that you didn’t really miss the car and job you left behind.