Before hopping on the plane to go and study in Malaysia for my undergraduate degree, I’d decided to research a bit about what I was getting myself into. How was the student life there? Any alumni experience that I could relate to? Any personal blogs?

To my disappointment, most of the search results pointed to official pages and ‘constructed or polished’ opinions. Nothing from the perspective of an ordinary student.

That’s when I realised that I had to figure this out on my own. Learn through my experience, from my own mistakes. 

Today, after three years of being an undergraduate student in a foreign country, I am determined to share all the knowledge that I have accumulated here, on this blog; to everyone out there, looking for some guidance or clarity, not from a campus representative, but from another student.

Alright, so let me introduce myself.

My name is Daphnée, and ‘D. K. Waye’ is a shortened version of my full name, which is how the blog got its name. I’m from Mauritius, and I’ve just finished my 3-year undergraduate degree at Monash University Malaysia. I’m graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), majoring in Psychology and minoring in Screen Studies.

During my time at Monash, I’ve faced many challenges, including moving out because campus accommodation sucks, making new friends every single year, interning at two different places—one which required me to travel all the way up to Penang Island and settle there—, working remotely, being in charge of a club, ask a guy out (he said yes!), building an emergency fund, and much more.

I believe that I’ve changed and grown a lot in three years… and you can gain a lot too from making the most out of the university student experience. In this blog, we’ll take it one step at a time!

Whether you’re getting ready to go to university or you’re a current student, I hope that this blog will provide you with at least some insight, motivation or inspiration to keep going. Or even if you’re a graduate like me! Who knows, it’ll trigger some memories, and it’ll make you laugh.

What to expect? I’ll mainly be covering 3 broad categories:

  1. International student experience and social life (including relationships)
  2. Exam & assignment tips and tricks
  3. Money management (including internship/work experience)

However, these are not the limits of this blog; I’m sure there’ll be more to come as I write! You can definitely leave me suggestions.

Finally, I appreciate feedback and constructive criticism on my posts; do not hesitate to keep the conversation going and share your opinions, even if you disagree with me.

With that said, I’m looking forward to starting this new blogging journey with you.

D. K. Waye.