Postcard to home: Min Liu

Published in the May 2017 issue

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Accounting graduand Min Liu has gone from winning multiple academic scholarships during her undergraduate degree in China, to being named Southern Cross University’s best postgraduate accounting student studying in Australia for 2016.

PDL Academy Tuition Scholarships awarded to undergraduate student Steffen Westermann and postgraduate student Min Liu

She received the award as the graduating Master of Professional Accounting onshore student with the highest grade point average.

The award was given to Min at a special ceremony during a CPA Industry event at the Gold Coast campus, ahead of her graduation on May 26.

Min has now enrolled in the CPA program and is an associate member of CPA Australia, using the Professional Development and Learning (PDL) Academic Tuition Scholarship.

She will soon begin her new role as a tax accountant in Brisbane.

I love studying in Australia. I feel as though the last two years going the Master of Professional Accounting as a fulltime student has been some of the most rewarding time in my life.

Being named the top postgraduate student in my field for 2016 has been an honour, but not something I think about often.

Min Liu

The award and scholarship has enabled me to enrol in the CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants) course as the scholarship vouchers are there to help me through the examination process.

Before coming to Australia I had studied a four-year bachelor of computer science and technology, at Shanghai Finance University in China and had worked three years in the industry.

I feel that life here has changed me a lot. It is less about being the highest achiever in the academic department and more about learning how to be a professional in the workplace, which I am starting to appreciate.

The academic skills team have been excellent at helping me write reports and use critical thinking and have made a real difference in my life.

In my first year of study, I was so blessed to be able to see and feel the quality of work which is far beyond the role, time and attention of their positions.

The academics here have helped me to come to realise what it is to be truly professional. They are all different from each other and change from session to session, but I love how they come prepared for the lecture and with such a wide view of the world, and global economics and legal ideas.

I like that I can talk about issues with my tutors and have very intelligent conversation. I think intellectually and emotionally I have been lifted by them, as many of them are high level professors and doctors who work and give advice regarding recent global financial and corporate issues, the impact of rapidly changing technology advance and the difference between a career in business and academia.

I see their professional way of living and education and I am inspired to try to become more like them. I can’t wait to graduate on May 26 with the Gold Coast cohort at Twin Towns, though I will miss my tutors and lecturers.

In China people have a very capitalist way of living, whereas I am happy to live and learn here even though I miss my friends and relatives very much.

In Shanghai my friends and I would go shopping together, and go out for lunch and dinners and to the theatre.

We would do lots of activities together, almost on a daily basis. When we’d get off from work, we’d get together and share stories and talk about our work environment and lives.

Here on the Gold Coast I sometimes like to visit the beach and I also enjoy the shopping here, particularly Pacific Fair shopping centre which has 420 luxury brands and retail stores.

People here are very polite and independent. I think this country is a great place to live and study.

There would be no other way I’d want to live the last two years than studying at Southern Cross University. I am very thankful for the professional guidance I received from all departments. I am very proud of being a Southern Cross University graduate.

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