Nuraini Alston, who moved from Queensland to study midwifery at Monash’s Peninsula campus, is “having a blast”.
Living near the beach in a student house with five others, Nuraini is too busy studying, playing guitar and piano at local gigs, and generally having fun, to miss home (too much).
The third-year midwifery student also recently started a club called Monash University Midwifery Society or MUMS for short. The club organises academic and social events and recently hosted its first social cruise on the bay.
Nuraini said she chose to study at Monash because she could go straight into the Bachelor of Midwifery without studying nursing first, because the university had a good reputation and the teaching was very supportive.
She had always been fascinated by birth and pregnancy but said she had become “more and more interested” as she studied.
A highlight of the course had been the follow through program. Students recruit pregnant women and provide ongoing care throughout their pregnancy and, when possible, the birth. Nuraini supported one friend through her first pregnancy and home-birth.
Other highlights of the course included the challenging clinical placements and making friends with other midwifery students, she said.