I first came to Melbourne when I was 13. I was here for a week to visit my sister, who was studying at uni here at that time. I didn’t have much impression of Melbourne, except that it was cold (in July) and had awesome hot chocolate (koko black).
I came to Melbourne again in 2010, this time, as an international student. For me, Melbourne was intimidating and scary – the environment, the people, the high school (VCE) curriculum. Several times I questioned myself if it was the right choice to come here. Many times I regreted and wanted to return to Hanoi.
Then, I started getting used to the life here. I got improved in my study, knew the ways around the city, met new people and made more friends. Before I realise, when I think of Melbourne, it has become a place filled with memories, emotions and stories.
Who knows what the future holds for me? Who knows how long I would stay in this city? Who knows if I would make Melbourne my home?
However, as uncertain as the future is, I guess it’s safe to say that Melbourne holds an important position in my heart. It’s my second home.