Over the time I have lived in Darwin it has been an overwhelming experience due to its serene atmosphere and a friendly community. Communication between people has become easier when compared to studying in the big cities. It has given me so many opportunities to take part in, for example the many community events while studying, which makes my university life become more vibrant. I think that living in a small community has given me a chance to contribute in the community rather than just a 'bystander'.
Initially, it was to follow my parents who moved to Darwin because of my father who was hired by the Northern Territory government in database for mining. My plan was to stay in Brisbane to study at University of Queensland but due to financial circumstances I chose to live with my parents. At that time, I did not have any knowledge about the livelihood in the Northern Territory nor did I have any interest to have one. At first, I was culturally shocked because of how different the Darwin city is when compared to Brisbane city. Especially when seeing how small the community is to be called a city, where I would interpret the atmosphere as a town rather than a city. Another difference I had noticed was the hot weather where I realized that air conditioner must always be on to adapt with the weather. However, over the time living in Darwin I have enjoyed every experience I’ve had, especially meeting with different people that I would not have expected to meet. Studying in Charles Darwin University was very different to my expectation in being a university student, because of its small class and a friendlier people who are easier to communicate with. From then on, I have never regretted in choosing to live and study in the Northern Territory because living here has made my life become more enjoyable where I can look forward to discovering new experiences that would only come once in a lifetime.
One of the many enjoyable moments I had while living in here was to take part in organizations such as the Indonesian Student Association in Charles Darwin University. I have also been part of organizations that have allowed me to meet some of the key figures from the government and also some inspiring young leaders who are also university students just like me. All this has opened my mind to other experiences besides just study. It is also a place where I have learned to improve my communication skills with new people.