Choosing to study overseas is a big decision and when Colombian-born Nathaly Pinzon decided to study English in America she was confident she'd made the right choice. But after her sister sung the praises of studying in Australia, she decided to take her studies 'down under'.
"Australians are so much more friendly, multicultural and welcoming to international students,” Nathaly said.
“I’ve been in Australia for a year and a half now. My sister arrived six months before I did and she heard that TAFE was a better choice as an education provider due to their requirements and academic results.”
Having already completed a Bachelor of Teaching at the National Pedagogical University in Bogota — a university that specialises in education — Nathaly wanted to study at an institution that provided better opportunities for her future educational training.
“It was for this reason that I enrolled at TAFE Queensland. I am so happy that I did and am very pleased with my results after completing the Intermediate and Upper ELICOS courses,” Nathaly said.
Nathaly has every reason to celebrate after receiving an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 after studying three back-to-back English language courses at the TAFE Queensland Southport campus. The score will allow Nathaly to continue on her study journey into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).
While Nathaly is quickly amassing a swag of qualifications, she still has big study goals for the future. Once she completes her diploma she plans on continuing on to a Masters in Information Technology at Griffith University.
After graduating, she plans on combining her love of education with her passion for mechanical robotics by teaching information technology in her home town of Bogota, Columbia.
“The IT curriculum is relatively new to the Columbian curriculum in comparison to other western countries and I’m looking forward to studying this on the Gold Coast,” Nathaly said.
Judging by her history of hard-work and determination this is one woman to watch as she shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for education with the next generation.