Lord Mayor's Welcome to International Students



I've never felt so welcome in a new city than here in Sydney. The city of Sydney's Lord Mayor, Clover Moore personally welcomed every international student currently studying in Sydney!

Imagine getting inside one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, Sydney's Town hall, which is a late 19th century building housing the chambers of the Lord Mayor of Sydney, council offices, and venues for meetings and functions. Just being inside was an awesome experience!

To be honest I didn't know what to expect when I arrived at the event, I was there a little early and I saw crowds of people waiting to get inside with their tickets in hand, I think no one actually knew what it was going to be about! It was a surprise for all!

When I got inside I was impressed of the inside of the building, it was so big and it had super high ceilings, lights, music, food, drinks and there were all types of organisations in stands to inform us about important things such as lifesavers and student support.

There were people from over 180 different nations, each of them with different cultures, experiences and stories to tell.

I think all of those students including me have the same goals. To explore a different city, to study in an amazing university, to learn new things every day, and most importantly to meet new people from different parts of the world. (That'a an easy one as Sydney is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world!)

As soon as everyone was inside, there was an artistic video and music show in the screen, then the Lord Mayor appeared in the stage and welcomed us all and told us how happy she was to have us with her, she also explained us why Sydney is one of the best cities for students, and that is because of the great lifestyle you can have, the great education, culture and natural environment. And I can tell all of that it's true.

Just after the Lord Mayor finished her speech there was a really amazing aboriginal show which included rituals and dances, the performance was super fun and interesting!

At the end of the event I got so lucky to find a golden sticker on my invitation and that meant I got to hold a baby kangaroo as well as to take a picture with a koala and antawny frogmouth owl! I had never been so close to any of those in my life!

I can tell it was a great experience!

What do you think of the event? Were you there? Let me know in the comments below!


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