Truly immersing himself in Australian culture

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science student Brendan had many reasons for choosing to leave Malaysia and coming to The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus as an international student.

“The smaller cohort size was a big draw,” Brendan says. “For the past year that I’ve been here I have managed to get to know more people than I would have done at the bigger universities.

You get to have much better, more wholesome connections with lecturers, they know your name without having to look at the roll call, which is amazing.

Brandon says the other great thing about a smaller cohort and smaller campus size is how much he has been able to immerse himself in local Australian culture.

“I’ve been at Notre Dame for a year and I’ve learnt so many new Australian words and slang, and although it was a struggle at first it’s just such a great experience to be able to feel like part of the local scene.

“Dad wasn’t even sure what sort of English I was speaking because of all the slang,” Brendan says with a laugh.

After studying physiotherapy in Malaysia, Brendan decided he wanted to branch out more towards the exercise side of the health industry.

“Across the world, people are living more sedentary lifestyles, and this lifestyle has broad health implications such as diabetes and heart related issues.

I want to play a major role in trying to change the perception of exercise in communities for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Outside of his studies, Brendan highly recommends Fremantle if you have an interest in food.

“Fremantle is an amazing place if you’re a foodie,” he says, “and if you like coffee, you couldn’t ask for a better place to study.”

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