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Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is an established writer in Melbourne who comes from an Asian background.

SEXtember: Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen talks about her first time and how it changed her perspective on sex

TO MOST people who originate from conservative Asian societies, it’s hard to just talk about sex without embarrassing anyone. Writer Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen spoke with Trinh Le about her own story of overcoming this fear and why it’s important to open up about it.


SEXtember: International students’ perspectives on long-distance relationships

DO long distance relationships work and how have international students managed their own? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Samuel Richard Mart and Helmi Santoso gather students’ perspectives.


Awkward conversations and how to overcome them according to int’l students

STARTING conversations with someone can be tricky, especially if you’re studying abroad alone for the first time! Trinity College Foundation Studies students Toh Miao Juan, Leonardo Vincent and Miaoxin Ouyang speak to fresh students about their experiences so far and offer tips on how to overcome awkward conversations.


SEXtember: International students’ perspectives on virginity

WHAT do international students think about virgins and virginity? Lunnie Gan chats to seven different students to get their thoughts on how culture, education and friends can set and change their perceptions on on those that have yet to have sex or have sworn off from it.


Understanding the hype behind sneaker culture

JORDANS, Adidas NMDs, Yeezys – sneakers are big business, attracting sneakerheads and re-sellers to camp outside stores for these shoes to drop. But what’s all the hype for? April Dudgeon investigates.

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Student stories: Why I can never call Melbourne home (but that’s okay)

IT’s easy to fall in love with a new life abroad but for some students home will always be where the heart is. Yulia Sotnikova shares her experience as an international student in Melbourne.


What international students have learnt about themselves since coming to Melbourne

CHANGE is inevitable and it’s something that everyone, international students included, experiences in some way, shape or form. Trinity College Foundation Studies students Yixue ‘Stella’ Chai, Wen ‘Jocelyn’ Ling and Yonatan ‘Jon’ K Yudistira talk to other international students to see what kind of change they’ve undergone.

The indecisiveness when it comes to fitting everything in the $10 budget. Photo supplied by Live Below the Line official page.

Live Below The Line: What does living on $2 dollars worth of food each day feel like?

LIVING on $2 dollars a day for an entire week isn’t easy. Lunnie Gan recently undertook the ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge in an effort to draw attention to poverty and shares what she learnt from doing the challenge and her experiences along the way.


Study tactics to help you blitz through exam season

WANT to discover different ways of studying that may help you beat your exams? Samantha Chew has more on study methods to help you take better notes and effectively manage time.  Exam season is…


Singapore vs. Australia: What both education cultures can learn from one another

EASTERN education is known as being a pressure-cooker while Western education is more laidback by comparison. But are there lessons that one education culture can learn from the other? Natalie Ng reflects on her own Singaporean education upbringing and compares it to her current experiences as an international student in Australia.

New Australian of the Year 2016 Gary Lee

Embracing diversity: Interview with New Australian of the Year, Gary Lee

NEW Australian of the Year, Gary Lee, has long supported international students in his line of work and continues to advocate for their welfare. Trinh Le caught up with Lee to talk about his recent award, his past voluntary experiences and his love of Australia’s diversity.

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What it’s like breaking down the local and international student divide

IS it so hard for local and international students to get along? Since arriving in Melbourne, Amber Wang has had an eye-opening and extraordinary learning experience, and she shares her remarkable story of integration on campus, at work and at home.


Meld Magazine was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit media outlet in September 2008 to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain real work experience.

Many international students live in or around the city because of the proximity to their colleges and universities, and that was where we decided to focus our efforts first. Many of us live, work and study locally too. Our editorial team is made of both local and international students, and it has worked to our advantage in providing local content in every sense of the word.

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