Name: Rebecka Davidsson

Country: Sweden

Studying: Bachelor of Journalism

Rebecka is halfway through the Bachelor of Journalism at Macleay and loves studying in Australia.

What is your career goal?

I want to be an international journalist, being able to write both in Swedish and English. Studying at Macleay has also opened my options to consider a career in producing.

Why did you choose Australia?

I heard great things about the culture and student life in Australia. Studying in Los Angeles and New York were considerations but Sydney had a diverse reputation.

How did you find your way to Macleay College?

I came to Australia to study in dance and arts, an interest I’ve had since living in Sweden. During this time, I realised my long term career plan was within journalism, an industry I had worked in back home. A chat with the Head of Journalism transformed a thought into a career goal.

What is your impression of the course so far?

The two-year fast-track degree was an attractive factor in studying at Macleay College. As English is not my first language, having supportive teachers in a small and nurtured classroom environment has improved my confidence in speaking and writing. The teachers also took onboard my background in Swedish media and explained the differences of Australian reporting – which can be swayed by political agenda as opposed to an independently owned media landscape in Sweden. This was very useful to understand the context and audiences of Australian newspapers. i.e The Sydney Morning Herald vs The Daily Telegraph.

What has been your favourite parts?

I enjoy the practical aspects of journalism: operating a camera, production work, experiencing on finding and conducting stories

How do you find it to be in an Australian learning environment?

The class sizes are small and collaborative.  My classmates are very helpful in explaining difficult questions like Australian media law, which is important to understand the context in Australian journalism.

What advice for other international students?

If you really want to be a good journalist, this is the course. You have to be committed and be career focused. I would advise for international students who would like to study journalism to get familiar with Australian media. Read a lot of newspapers, watch different types of Australian broadcast media.

Have you done your internship? If so, where did you go? What did you do?

I am doing an online internship through a news blog back home, covering my student experience in Sydney as a Swede. I write topics about living in Sydney as an international student and how to deal with culture shock, helping likeminded students considering to move to Sydney to study.

What is your favourite Aussie slang?

Either "no worries" or "too easy". Great words to say and can fit in to any situation.

What is your favourite place in Sydney?

The cliffs at North Bondi. You can look out over the sea and it’s just so peaceful. Watson’s Bay and the Cliff Walk are also a favourite. Anything with the sea and not too much people is great. Outside of Sydney I enjoy the countryside and spending time on the farm. I have only been to one in West Wyalong, but I love the place and the people. I wanted to travel while I was here and have spent time all along the East coast and loved Noosa in particular.

Where should we go in Sweden?

I would recommend you to go somewhere at the country side. Stockholm is beautiful but the open fields and the forest in the southern part of Sweden is amazing/ While you are there you have to try surströmming (baltic herring) and potato pancakes with lingon berry jam, and for dessert a semla which is a bun filled with almond cream and whipped cream.

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