Coffee With Nguyen Lan


We have the pleasure to invite Nguyen Lan to share her experiences this week. She studied for a Master of Natural Resource Management at James Cook University via Australian Award Scholarship and she is now working as a lecturer at Vietnam National Economic University. Here she talks about her experience at James Cook University and how her life has been affected by COVID-19.

Tell us about your study experience?

I enjoyed my time at James Cook University. The first semester was quite hard as I had to adapt to a new study environment. The advisors, lecturers and staff at James Cook supported me very well, so the two last semesters were enjoyable.

Can you give us a “top 3” for James Cook University?

  1. Supportive academic advisor,
  2. Peaceful environment,
  3. Various culture exchanging activities.

What advice would you give to someone starting your course?

Being good at academic English.

What is your job now?

I’m a lecturer.

Did you find it easy to get a job after graduation?

Yes. Having earned an International Master via a prestigious scholarship has given me a lot of trust and credit to earn a place at the university I am now working for.

How did you get from your institution to where you are now?

Critical thinking is the most valuable knowledge and skill I got from James Cook.

Describe a typical day in three words?

  1. Enjoy,
  2. Satisfy,
  3. Work hard!

Have you been affected by COVID-19?

Not too much. Most of my work shifts are online teaching and we are so lucky to live in Vietnam where the government has controlled the situation so well. We were safe enough and pretty much back to normal business now which is great.

What have you learnt about yourself?

My body is absolutely wise. I had the ability to adapt to new challenges and uncertainties.

Three words to describe your life during this time?

  1. Relax,
  2. Learn new skills/knowledge,
  3. Read and do more exercise.

What about the future?

Nature is GOD. Maybe it’s time to be mindful of the things we do to the environment. COVID-19 may just be a wake-up call for the human race to be conscious about the life we live.

What positives can be taken from the changes in our lives?

People will respect nature!