We continue our profiles of international students with our latest edition, ‘The Creatives’.
Juliana Medina – Tobar
International student by day – travel blogger by night, Juliana Medina-Tobar is a social media whiz who found a way to make her hobby pay-off.
When the Columbian commerce student arrived in Brisbane, she decided to share her Aussie experiences on her YouTube channel – ‘Aca En, Australia’ (Here in Australia).
The channel soon amassed more than 5000 keen followers who tune in to watch Juliana’s adventures and get her advice on living and studying in Australia.
Juliana’s vlogging prowess caught the attention of Brisbane Marketing, who’ve hired Juliana to be one of their #studyBrisbane ambassadors and promote Brisbane as a study destination for other International students.
While social media looks like a lot of fun, there’ also a lot of work behind every post or video.
But like most international students Juliana was no stranger to hard work. She had to embrace it to save for her study in Australia.
“For me, it is all worth every cent in the end,” Juliana told The Australian.
Wai Hong Fong
“There are no problems. Every problem is an opportunity. There are only Probletunities.” – Wai Hong Fong, The Accidental Entrepreneur.
If you’re ever in need of inspiration, check out Wai Hong Fong’s aptly named blog: ‘The Accidental Entrepreneur’. The blog is full of sage advice from 2011’s Startupsmart Best Young Entrepreneur.
After he had gradated, Wai took a step away from his specialisation (Media and Communications) and took a big chance. He founded and launched OZhut, a small online retailer.
It was 2008 and Ozhut realised they could make a place for themselves by finding and becoming experts in specialist items. This gave them a foothold and enabled them to expand into more mainstream products. In 2011, Wei was named in The Age Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne.
Since then, Wei has also founded Storehub, a cloud-based enterprise POS system.
Wai says that unlike most entrepreneurs, he didn’t lay out his goals in great detail, but took things step-by-step, learning as he went.
In fact, Wei puts a big focus on learning and is always very open to connecting and sharing his knowledge with other creative spirits. Also from his blog:
“Let us not wait for the teachers to come. Let us first start with being teachers ourselves.”
You can also follow and get inspired by Wei on Twitter