Bust out of your comfort zone

Currently studying at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus, Belinda Balbissi has three subjects to complete before heading into the competitive world of business and management, with a Bachelor of Commerce in hand. Follow Belinda on Twitter: @BelindaNaj


Deakin’s Warrnambool campus is just a short distance from the beach.

WARRNAMBOOL is a great place to live and study. The hustle and bustle of Melbourne can be too much for me at times (especially the traffic, but that’s another story).  I’m now living a stones throw from the beach, public transport, and Warrnamool’s CBD. With friendly faces in the library, and the  great relationships you build with tutors and lecturers, you definitely feel less like a number at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus, and more like a good friend to all those you see on campus on a daily basis.

Don’t get me wrong, moving away from family and friends wasn’t easy. Home is where the heart is. Getting married, buying a new house and renovating it can be a lot in the first year of marriage, and not to mention starting at a new university. The barriers are all in your mind though I believe.

If you can get up each morning and say to yourself “today is going to be great because I am going to make it great” then you have won half the battle.

For all those afraid to move away and to start something fresh and do something no one believes in, my advice is do it.

You might think a degree course will take too long to complete, or moving interstate is too far, or renovating a house costs too much and it can’t be done. Well yes, and no. It doesn’t all happen over night but you can start today. The question we should all be asking ourselves is: What can I do to change and better my lifestyle and achieve my dreams?

It’s easy to delay your goals, but my advice is to start today.

Talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to, get out of your ‘comfort zone’ and remember there is no one in the world who isn’t nervous about going for a job interview or taking the next step to achieve their goals.

We’re all scared of failure – including myself. I’ve been there and admittedly it’s not a great feeling, but if you can get up and try again, isn’t that a miracle just in it self?

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One Response to Bust out of your comfort zone

  1. Satoko "Nikki" Thompson says:

    I am a 1988 graduate of Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education (WIAE), many years before it was Deakin’s Warrnambool Campus. As the first Japanese national graduated from WIAE, I can testify in support of your argument. Yes, it was the best thing ever! I did not get into Melbourne colleges at my first attempt as an overseas student. I had no clue where Warrnambool was when I got in. But friendly people in town and great classmates like Ross M made the whole journey the most memorable and one of the greatest achievement of my life.

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