Grace Tan is a journalist with a background
in broadcast journalism. She is just unshackled from the chains
of academia, coming away with a spanking new Masters degree in political
science. Inflicted with as severe case of wanderlust, Grace is praying
for the day she gets her own travel show, where she can run away
to new cultures, write and most of all, get paid handsomely for
Why did you choose to study at the University
of Queensland, Australia?
It is the state university so the infrastructure and student support
is well established. But it’s really the programme which I’m
enrolled in which attracted me to the place. It’s got a good
What is your Masters research about?
Sino-American relations and how Taiwanese sovereignty is subjugated
by ties between these two powers.
Did you experience culture shock?
There’s an element of diversity in every new environment.
It wasn’t a culture shock at all. Rather it was adapting to
a new way of living, a different lifestyle with relating to lots
of very wonderful new people.
How have you adapted to the Australian environment?
Short of not speaking with an Aussie twang, I think I’m doing
quite well, actually! But I’ve always had wanderlust. I love
meeting people and I adapt to new environments with relish. Too
much sometimes, I suspect.
Tell us what you do workwise?
I contribute in an editorial team at an online business portal called
worldtracks.com. It has a weekly magazine which I write and sub-edit
for! Very cool stuff.
Can you share how it is different working in an overseas environment?
The contrasts are certainly there. It’s a more liberal culture
over here where thought is not subverted and creativity encouraged.
Readers value and expect diversity in perspectives. As a journalist
and a human being, it’s thoroughly exhilarating!
What advice would you give someone who is thinking of pursuing his/her
studies or working in Australia?
Don’t stand on the edge of the ocean when you can plunge in
and experience the depth of its magnificence.
Any final words of wisdom?
When you’re in a new country, soak yourself in that culture.
See it for what it really is. If you’re constantly thinking
of how things are different from back home, and they’re not
the way they ‘should be’ then please, do yourself a
favour and stay home. But regardless of the destination, it’s
always good to savour different worlds. Plus can you imagine how
much yummy cuisine there is to satiate the palate?!
Thank you, Grace