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CEO Natasha Munasinghe on finding your passion and the importance of perseverance

Natasha Munasinghe, former international student and CEO of The FRANK Team shares her story on how after multiple tries, she eventually found her passion. Samantha Chew has more.

The Welcome Dinner Project: How food is bringing int’l students even closer to Australia

Social inclusion and community building by way of food — that’s what the Welcome Dinner Project is achieving with its mission to unite new arrivals with established Aussies. Grace Kang spoke with project facilitator Nikhil Arora to learn more.

RIS’N: The support group for queer int’l students

In a cultural climate still grappling with the realities that LGBT+ individuals experience, one recently developed network is seeking to help LGBT+ international students one step at a time. Mihika Hegde has more.

How a former int’l student beat the odds and found her place at Bendigo Bank

With more than a decade of experience in the banking and financial advisory sector in her home country, former international student Alexis Phang faced a grim reality upon returning to Australia – the prospect of starting all over again. Now as a Mobile Relationship Manager at Bendigo Bank, Mihika Hegde catches up with Alexis to find out how she beat the odds and found her place in an organisation that values diversity.

Interview with Laura Blackmore, founder of Multilinguals of Melbourne

The world is full of stories and Laura Blackmore wants to share them all through her Multilinguals of Melbourne project. Stevi Lee caught up with the intrepid Australian whose interest in languages has helped her experience the world a little differently.

Interview: Comedian Mark Rowswell on life before ‘Dashan’ as int’l student in China

Before becoming a Chinese celebrity as Dashan, Mark Rowswell was an international student in China whose life experiences have helped him become one of the biggest names in Chinese comedy today. Wing Kuang caught up with the comedian before his shows at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Interview with Rita Nehme, co-founder of Steer North charity

Fancy a cycling journey from Melbourne to Cairns? Ride for charity with Steer North, an organisation that promotes a healthy lifestyle and raises funds for cancer. Samantha Chew caught up with co-founder Rita Nehme to learn more.

Interview: Nathan Hartono talks Asia Pop Fest and his love of music

Before stunning the Asia Pop Fest crowd with his incredible musicianship, Natalie Ng caught up with the Singaporean singer to discuss music, working with Jay Chou, and previous experience as an international student in the United States.

How tech entrepreneur Long Zheng became an international success before reaching 30

Young entrepreneur, Microsoft Imagine Cup winner and popular tech blogger Long Zheng has done it all. Trinity College Foundation Studies students Lesley Li and Kathy Li speak to Zheng about his international success.

The Whisktakers: How to cook up sweet success with three former int’l students

SWEETS and treats from Mauritius can be hard to come by in Melbourne, but The Whisktakers look to change that. Tam Tran caught up with the three-person team to talk about Mauritian pastries and how these former international students began their humble home business.

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Life after uni: What it’s like to become an Australian permanent resident

FORMER international students reveal how life has changed after becoming becoming a permanent resident in Australia. Trinity College Foundation Studies students Trang Dang, Natalia Wongso, Verrel Aditya Bramasta and Geyi Shi have the story.

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.

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