The stars aligned! From South Australia to Launceston - by Georgia Wischnat

I was getting to the end of Year 12 in 2011 and I had yet to think about what I was going to do afterwards, so during October of 2011 I applied to study at the University of Tasmania. In February of 2012 I was in Launceston celebrating my brothers 30th birthday, and during our stay I received a phone call from the University, I’d honestly forgotten that I had even applied and was due to enroll in Tafe the following week, so when I received the phone call I was racking my brain for a few minutes wondering ‘Why is she calling me?’ 3 weeks after that phone call I had moved to Tasmania and was starting my first week of classes at Uni.

Moving from South Australia to Launceston happened so quickly, I didn’t really have time to process it. All I remember is chucking all the essentials in a suit case, saying goodbye to my Mum and heading back to Launceston only a week after being on holidays here.  For a few months I was home sick and suffered major culture shock, but luckily I had family and childhood friends living in Launceston that I could lean on in times of need.

I love studying in Launceston, in the last 2 and a half years I have made some of the best friends I’ve ever met, they’re people who actually get me, understand my humour and love me for me. I’ve not traveled all over Tasmania but I’ve spent time by the ocean, discovering quaint little waterside towns, I’ve even gone on various adventures around Launceston with friends, we recently went to Liffey Falls and it was amazing.

Launceston has so much more for me to explore that even with 2 and a half years left of my degree I still know each year there will be places and sights to see, coffee shops and restaurants to eat at, and loads of awesome people to meet! I’m so glad 17 year old Georgia just randomly applied to study at the University of Tasmania one night, it was the best decision I ever made, and I don’t think I could’ve pick a better city to study in.

Georgia Wischnat, 20, University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Arts