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From teaching to magic: How Wesley embraces life at CDU

This article appears in: Education, Studying in Australia
Teaching student Wesley performing magic

As an international student from China, Hua Tong (Wesley) was keen to travel and experience a new way of life.  

Having already studied and worked in economics and accounting, Wesley knew there was something missing. Beyond the numbers, Wesley held a deep passion to teach and share his excitement for life with others.  

That’s why he re-entered the world of study and enrolled in a Master of Teaching at CDU.  

Darwin community 

Travelling isn’t a new experience for Wesley, having already lived in Melbourne and ventured to the Maldives and Fiji before. He is fascinated by countries and cities that combine modern technology with natural beauty. 

After researching Darwin, he found his happy place – where urban Australia meets the Outback.  

“Darwin's friendly community atmosphere, high employment rate, famous tourist destinations, rapid economic development and other factors are also the reasons that attracted me to come here.” 

Abundant activities 

Wesley has truly embraced student life outside of the classroom. He is the International Officer of the CDU Student Council and the President of the CDU Magic Club

“I love all aspects of my involvement with CDU Magic Club. The club provides opportunities for all members to perform in public, which can cultivate their confidence and self-esteem, and allow them to become more involved in the Darwin community.” 

Through The CDU Magic Club, Wesley has been able to share his magic with the community by volunteering with local organisations like Darwin Together, Kindness ShakeTwo Two One Mental Health Charity, and Agentur. Wesley was also invited to perform a magic show in OzFusion 2022, which was a huge community event held at Darwin Convention Centre on Australia Day. 

His philosophy is that learning is important, but abundant student activities are also an essential part of university life.  

“CDU's support for student activities allows students to develop their hobbies, participate in activities that interest them, and experience a fulfilling and meaningful university life during studying.”  

“Getting involved with student clubs, students will reap happiness; nothing is more important than this.” 

The balancing act

Teaching student Wesley with VC

As a teaching student, Wesley is juggling learning, work commitments, placement, and extra-curricular activities. 

To help make the juggle easier, Wesley is working in the teaching field already. He teaches Chinese to local primary school students and the broader community through the Darwin Language Centre as well as working at the CDU Confucius Institute. He also has the opportunity to tutor at CDU’s Indigenous Student Services, tutoring university courses to the First Nation students. 

He thinks this is the best way to learn.   

“If you’re studying a Master of Teaching, find a teaching-related job or volunteer opportunity to help you maximise your teaching experience. This will be beneficial for your placement and finding the balance between study and life.”  

Life after uni 

After graduation, Wesley wants to pursue his dream career as a teacher.  

Of course, the journey doesn’t stop there. Wesley’s looking forward to being on stage sharing his magic and stand-up comedy with the world. 

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