Blog by Beatrice Rosales (16), daughter of Gisela Rosales, Accountant at AMVL Migrations.
Starting fresh can be a very big decision to make let alone starting fresh in another country. But it is one of the most rewarding decisions that I (or my parents) have made in my life. Life before Australia was relatively breezy living in Papua New Guinea. However, something was missing – sure living in Papua New Guinea offered us a stable lifestyle but over the years I began to want more in my life. Growing up I knew that I have always wanted to travel and see the world. I wanted to experience a new atmosphere, venture out in a place that I have never been before. So, being cooped up in this small place wasn’t really helping.
As a child I knew Australia wasn’t far from Papua New Guinea – I remember the Australian news playing on the old box TV situated in the living room. I had from a young age seen Australia from just what I saw on the television and from close relatives living there. Time after time I would ask myself, “how great would it be to visit Australia?” In 2008, I was given the opportunity, with my family, to travel to Australia for vacation. During our stay I began to absorb the luxurious lifestyle Australia had to offer. I felt like this is where I wanted my life to be, where my journey needed to continue.
Moving to Australia was like trying new food – you had no clue what you are in for but you know that it’ll be great. Over the last 6 years, living in Australia had changed many aspects in my life from the way I talked to the places I went. I began to adjust in school and grew new friendships with a very multicultural group of people. Just recently I had become an Australian citizen and I saw this as a very important opportunity.
As an Australian citizen I call Australia my home with pride and entitle myself with vast responsibilities. Living in such a multicultural and economically stable society as an Australian citizen I hold the responsibility in shaping the bright future I aspire for Australia to have. Being a student who has been thinking so deeply about my future I take whole heartedly the benefits of being an Australian citizen. A perk would be from having the opportunity in going to university without being financially unstable to voting in who best helps in shaping our country. Aside from those a major perk is the divine landmarks for everyone – from Uluru to Bondi Beach and everything in-between all these things make me feel proud to call myself an Australian Citizen.
(L-R: Gisela, Pete, Jaime (front), Patricia & Beatrice)