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Being the Outsider

Being the Outsider is an interview project that delves into the lives of three international students who migrated to Australia for pursuing their higher education. All the interviewees are currently studying at Curtin University and represent different fields of study.

This project reflects on the isolation and disconnection that many experience when they move into a new culture. Students participating in this project share the challenges of assimilation and the cultural shocks they’ve encountered during their course of study in Perth

Thank you to our storytellers Kanchana Rughoo, Aishwarya Sunil Menon and Arun Baby George.

The stories are collected by Rakshnna Pattabiraman, intern at the Centre for Stories.

"When being the outsider to a culture, one must make peace with indifference and apathy. There will be days when you will go unnoticed and left out and that’s okay."
"The hardships of the international students, who pay at least three times the fee domestic residents pay for their university tuition, is evident enough to prove that the government simply wants monetary benefits from us, and neglect to see the larger picture of the humanitarian crisis."
"The homesickness would just hit me out of the blue, like a bolt of lightning, and then it drowns you, but then, you get back up on your feet."
"I am someone who, when I first came here, I had a total of 50 dresses;  Collared buttons, long leg cuffs. I just wear them with heels, walk to uni and go to classes and then walk into the library and be like that idiot who wore heels in the library."
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