Curtin Lunchtime Stories

A group of international students from Curtin University standing with Story Trainer Michael Abercromby

In collaboration with the School of Education and Curtin University’s Place Activation, Lunchtime Stories was a project that involved five international students sharing their experiences at Curtin, and around Western Australia. The five storytellers went through a series of workshops with Story Trainer, Michael Abercromby, where they learned to share their story with confidence in a succinct and engaging way. These stories were then shared live at lunchtime at the Creative Quarter, as part of Curtin’s commitment to activating underutilised space.

The aim of the Lunchtime Stories project was to encourage the sharing of unique stories, to build a sense of community between friends, staff and students; to inspire cohesion, understanding and empathy between Curtin peers; and to energise the Curtin community–leaving a positive impact on storytellers and listeners and to refresh their day and minds.

Thank you to our storytellers: Faydra Nada Miranda, Nur Hazirah, Amy Piaprad, Reena Devi Seedhari, Ariya (Candy) Suriyabutr.

Amy talks about how her life in Thailand has been stable for many years until she moved to Australia to pursue a degree at Curtin University. Amy shares funny anecdotes about the strange cultural differences she has encountered through her travels as well as while living in Australia. Throughout all this, Amy learned that it’s okay to ask for help.
Faydra Nada Miranda, or Dira to her Aussie friends, shares her story of learning and studying abroad in the United Kingdom. Born and raised in Indonesia, Dira reflects on the cultural differences between Indonesia, England, and Australia. She shares her thoughts about stepping out of her comfort zone and finding new friends in unexpected places during exchange at Curtin University.
Reena Devi Seedhari is a post-graduate student at Curtin University studying a Master's of Education. In 2018, Reena was faced with the terrifying possibility of being deported after struggling with improving her grades. After a series of difficult situations, Reena soon learned that sometimes you have to lean on others to help yourself.
Nur Hazirah is a student at Curtin University originally from Singapore. In her story, she explored the negative perceptions many of her peers have towards international students. Hazirah talks candidly about complex family debates, as well as, her own cognitive dissonance and frustrations she encountered before moving to Australia to pursue a Bachelor of Primary Education.
Candy is studying a Master’s degree in Education at Curtin University. Candy often finds herself over thinking things and worrying about how her actions might lead her in the wrong direction. She shares how learning and speaking English played a huge role in her education and how wearing mascara is never a good choice when talking to lecturers about difficult topics.
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