My Life At University!
Posted 27th September 2019. Category: General.
Hi, I am a 21 year old international student. My name is Edward Salim and I must say walking to Uni sucks. This is the story of how an electric scooter changed my life.
When I was 16, I always wanted to move to Australia, and I never thought that I was taking my motorcycle for granted back in Indonesia. Because, you really cannot go anywhere without a vehicle. There are literally zero pathways. We have to walk along with the cars and mopeds there. I moved to Curtin University Perth and I have to tell you, it looks beautiful (Compared to ones we have in Indonesia IMO). Only problem is, walking there takes like 40 minutes.
Buses, they are not as reliable, but still okay. But if I miss one, I would have to wait another 15 minutes. So, I bought a bicycle! Hurray! My landlord was really kind to help me choose and educate me about what components I should look out for in a second hand bike. It worked amazingly, I used it everyday and it took me 20 minutes more or less to the University. Although I saved time, riding a bicycle wasn’t always pleasant during summer. I couldn't focus much on studying. Because, that tiredness and all came along with riding my bike, so sadly, I started to take the bus again and that was fine until I move to Sydney.
Living in Glebe, it was not that easy with a bicycle, I would assume considering all these hills and the fact that e-bikes cost as much as $3000 more or less. If you have ever been to Perth, the fares are definitely way cheaper, especially with concession (I was a student). Sydney, you would have to spend about $50 per week to use the bus. This is like back and forth everyday and hanging out on the weekend. I know that is like 3 hours of work and voila! You got your whole transportation covered. But, also consider phone plans, rent, gym membership (if you work out), Netflix, and Spotify student (luckily only $6 pm, I praise you, Spotify). All these cost added up, and makes you have to work 20 hours a week. That’s why I cannot survive without my parents helping me.
It’s sad, but, if you are above 20 years old, you would know by now that Australia is ever-increasing in the price. 1 in 4 Australian children are born poor. They cannot afford basic necessities and often bullied for their lack of money. 40 years ago, by working 5 month, you can afford a house for yourself. Maybe not 5 months, but everyone can afford a house. Now, you have to work 30 years and you will still struggle to afford it.
After years doing hard labour work, bleeding my nose, dislocated some fingers (still feels a bit weird now, but I can move my bones, which is bit creepy but cool party trick), and also saving a lot on food, just rice and salty eggs or pork floss. I met Seb! He offered me a job at WalkSmart. I was still in Uni at this time. We met because I was kicking a project presentation and he was one of my group members. I am, to this day grateful for him.
For me, working in WalkSmart has given me a lot of experience, with business, repairs, and the job criteria I was applying as the Network Engineer for my PR. Not only that, but Seb gave me a scooter so I can go to work on time without spending too much money. Since then, I never walk again to Uni or take the bus. The scooter is faster for me and it also brings a sentimental value. That is how much an electric scooter means to me. What story will you make with yours?