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Journal Writing A Foreign Migrant Experiences In Australia

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The past 24 hours of my life has been an immense challenge for me; yet at the same time a brilliant breath taking learning experience. The only words that could only express my deep emotions would be "A rollercoaster ride" - thrilling, suspenseful, scary, and horrific all at the same time.Today marked the day of my many exciting journeys. It was my first nerve-racking day attending an Australian school. As a migrant from Vietnam, I am completely unfamiliar with the rich Australian culture and lifestyle. It would obviously take time to adapt to this. Although on the bright side, I am constantly motivated and encouraged to expand new heights for my mind. I guess you could say I have an affinity for learning. However, I had countless of doubts going to school flustering throughout my head. How were they going to treat me? Was I going to make friends? Was I going to be the 'odd' one out? Will I fit in? Will I understand the literature? These words numerously cycled throughout my head as I prepared for school. I was as nervous as a wreck, and didn't know what to expect.The time was 8:00 am. It was time to go to school. My body felt like it was undergoing constant battering due to my nerves. I felt like a loose stick figure. In addition, my heart was beating at an extremely fast pace (a lot more then it would normally). It was beating to the point where I could actually see it impale through my skin. However, these feelings gradually swept away as I spent time in school. As I entered the school, I encountered a group of friendly students who greeted me with words along the lines of "G'day mate, you look a bit crook, you alright there mate?" I was totally oblivious to these words. What did G'day, mate, and crook mean I wondered? I had plenty to learn, and was far from being a "true blue aussie". Since I didn't want to make a complete fool out of myself and give the wrong impressions to those students, I nodded my head and proceeded to my first lesson.During my first lesson, I noticed how different the disciplinary system was in contrast to Vietnam. Teachers were much more tolerant to the students. Students were continuously making silly noises, calling out, and talking over the top of the teachers. All that the teachers did was simply yell at them and give them detentions. This was a different story in Vietnam. During lessons in Vietnam,...

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