Student Stories: Marina from Japan
What made you decide to study in Cairns?
My mother went on a working holiday to Cairns when she was 22 years old. I’ve heard her talk about Cairns a lot and so decided to come to Cairns when I was 22.
How long have you been in Cairns?
I’ve been in Cairns for eight months.
Which institution/college are you currently studying at?
Do you belong to any clubs or associations?
I play Australian Rules Football
What makes studying in Cairns great?
There are many friendly Aussies
What do you love about living in Cairns?
Animals, Aussies and nature. The people are friendly, they don’t rush around and nature is everywhere!
What are your 3 top tips for places to visit in the Cairns region?
1. Kewarra Beach
2. Palm Cove
How have you grown personally while being in Cairns?
My personality has developed through being independent and catching buses to get around Cairns.
How has being in Cairns positively impacted your life?
I’ve become accustomed to seeing native animals.
Describe two highlights from studying in Cairns
I’ve done a marathon twice, won IRONMAN event at Sun Pacific College and I was able to watch Annabelle 2 in Cairns City cinema.
Is there anything that you wish you knew before you came to Cairns?
I wish I knew that there are mosquitos – I would have brought more insect repellent!
What will you miss about Cairns when you return home?
I will miss the nature opportunities, big skies, beautiful stars and friendly Aussies.
What would you say to future students who are thinking about Studying in Cairns?
Bring insect repellent as Australian mosquitos are strong. Talking a lot in English helps to refine English language skills.