Khaleel Lalji moved to Melbourne from Nairobi in Kenya to join Trinity's Foundation Studies program and says his Trinity experience is hard to put into words.
I was studying online from Nairobi, Kenya, but am now based in Melbourne.
There is a lot more freedom in Melbourne in terms of being able to walk freely and take public transport, neither of which are possible in Nairobi. Additionally, the amazing food culture in Melbourne is exciting to explore, and similar to Nairobi.
I always knew that I wanted to go to the University of Melbourne from a very young age and I also felt that two years of high school wasn’t the right fit for me, thus, a one-year program at Trinity suited me.
It means a lot to me that Trinity College recognised my past achievements and gave me recognition as well as the opportunity to study at such a prestigious establishment. I felt euphoric when I got the news. It was definitely one of the most memorable moments in my life.
My experience at Trinity has truly been amazing and I find it hard to put into words. I can say that it has been like nothing that I have ever done before and has definitely pushed me to strive for greatness.
For me, meeting people from all over the globe is my favourite thing about Trinity College. It’s such a melting pot of cultures and it truly gives you the opportunity to learn about different ways of life.
The teaching style at Trinity is quite different from what I’m used to, but I definitely prefer it to what I have experienced in the past. The style of teaching gives students lots of freedom to work with their own methods, and this was really beneficial to me as it allowed me to learn at my own pace and I truly felt that my work was in my own hands.
The teachers at Trinity are so welcoming and warm, they really helped me to adjust to the new learning style and I know that they are always there to assist me.
History of Ideas (HOI) and Drama are my favourite core subjects. I like HOI because it gives me the opportunity to critically analyse works from the past, in addition to learning about where modern ideas originated from, which I truly enjoy. Drama also appeals to me as I enjoy the interactivity. It is also a fun way to express myself.
Biology and Chemistry are my favourite elective subjects. Biology has always been one of my passions and the exciting way it is taught at Trinity captivates me. Chemistry, although hard, is also one of my interests as I think it’s fascinating to understand what everything is made of.
I feel that Trinity has greatly prepared me for university, as it has given me the opportunity to acclimatise to university-style teaching, which I think will be a huge advantage later.
Yes, I have been able to make a number of friends online but certainly look forward to meeting them all face-to-face soon!
Firstly, because I love Melbourne and the culture here. Secondly, the University of Melbourne has some of the most remarkable facilities and offers some of the most interesting and diverse programs. It is also the top university in Australia as well as being one of the highest-ranked universities in the world.
Bachelor of Science, most likely with a focus on Agricultural Science.
I would definitely recommend Trinity College to other students, especially if they are up for a challenge as well as a fun time.