My name is Fernanda and I am 28 year old. I was born in the South of Brazil, in a city called Porto Alegre, but for seven years I lived in Rio de Janeiro, the famous “wonderful city”. I graduated in Psychology and I was working in Human Resources when, last year, I decided that it was time to chase my dreams, travel to another country and learn English. I had a lot options about where could I go, but at the end I decided to go to Australia, because of the beach culture and the Australian lifestyle. This decision would change my life forever.

Everything happened so fast, and before I knew it, I was already on the plane to Sydney. A lot of things came to my mind on my way here. I couldn’t stop feeling a mixture of happiness and anxiety about the unknown, and at the same time I had butterflies in my stomach thinking that I was going to be so far away from my family and friends. One of my biggest concerns was the language. I had studied English in Brazil, but being in a different country with a totally different culture was very intimidating. It was what I wanted though, and I was determined to face my fears.

I think that my excitement and desire to explore Australia made my transition relatively easy. I stayed in a hostel just for a few days before finding shared accommodation, I found a job near my place in less than two weeks, the school was close to home as well, and I soon met amazing people that became really good friends. And that’s how I started my life in paradise: Manly!

Australia is an amazing country, and the quality of life is incredible! Besides the breathtaking urban scenarios, I visited some places with beauty that words can’t describe: The Twelve Apostles, Thredbo, The Blue Mountains, and a lot of beautiful beaches. After the English course I enrolled in a Management course, with the support of Australiante. They helped me during the whole process, and even after, when I had a problem or I had to solve an issue I could always count on them.

At the moment I’m in the process of going back home. Living here for one and a half years was an amazing experience. Besides the improvement of my English skills, I met some people that will be there for me for the rest of my life. I grew up so much, as I had to overcome obstacles that might’ve seem impossible at first, and I learned to live among people with different personalities. Above all,  I realised that the world is accessible to everyone, you just have to really want it!