Paul Ezidiegwu

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Where is your home country?

Nigeria

What do you study?

Advanced Diploma of Network Security

Where do you study?

TAFE Lidcombe NSW

What languages do you speak?

English and Igbo

Fun facts about you

I like tennis and joined one of the tennis clubs in my suburb to play every week.

I also have a family and love spending time with my wife and kids. I put my family first and dedicate quality time with them because a good family makes up a good community, and good community makes a good country.

What opportunities has studying in NSW given to you?

I was fortunate enough to take part in many extracurricular activities. I am the Assistant Secretary of the Nigerian Association of NSW, a student member representing undergraduate students in the Academic Senate at the Western Sydney University, the undergraduate student member in the Academic Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching Technologies Advisory Group, and a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s International Student Advisory Committee.

Additionally, I have started a small IT company for web designs and development. It is through this initiative that I create business directories and websites for African businesses in NSW, which is my commitment to developing the local community.

What advice do you have for other international students?

My advice is to come up with a vision that you can commit to and succeed in. Be an ambassador of good causes, and work towards community development. Life is about giving and taking, similar to how we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Don't just think of what to gain from NSW, but also what you can contribute to the community. This is important in helping others who want to study in NSW. If it was not for the people who came before us, we would not have the opportunities we have today.

What has been your favourite experience in NSW?

My favorite experience is studying at Lidcombe TAFE. The school system and facilities are world-class and every time I step into the school campus, I do not feel like leaving. Anyone who has studied in NSW should consider themselves lucky as it is a safe and supporting place to help you pursue your endeavors.

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