How I met my best friend……………

You may have a thousand friends on Facebook, but trust me when it comes to having a true or real friend you might only have one or two. So, as we grow up in life we realize the importance of having a true friend. One who thinks the same way as you do and is always there for you when you in need. I was lucky to find one such friend and there is a story behind how I met him. It was sometime in the month of August, 2016 and I was invited to a career event for international students in Honey Bar in St. Kilda, Melbourne by one of my classmate. I remember meeting Tuya, my Mongolian friend for the first time at Monash University and she proudly gave me her visiting card and told me that she works for Outcome.life, an organisation for international students which empowers them and helps them achieve their goals and aspirations and also encourages them to get involved in the Australian start up ecosystem. I attended this event like any other international students and met so many students from different universities. I also came across some working professionals who gave me their visiting cards. Tuya introduced me to her boss Gerard Holland and Domenic Saporito, the co-founders of Outcome.life.

It was definitely a good networking event specially for me as I also won the lucky draw and got the pass to attend the next event for free. But to be honest, all the new people I came across that night I am hardly in touch with anyone today after almost a year, except one. Yes, this one person I met at the very end of the event is someone whom I consider as my best friend and also my travelling buddy. Although we had different cultural background but we certainly had a lot in common. It was not just a co-incidence but we keep coming across to each other in various events and I was wondering why I am meeting this guy again and again. It is believed that true love and loyal friends are the hardest thing to find, but after hanging out with Hui Dong for almost a year and travelling with him to various places like Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Ballarat, Geelong, Grampian national park in Victoria, Sydney and so many others, I realized that I have made a true friend in a foreign land.

We certainly had one thing in common and that is we both loved travelling and exploring new places. The very night I met him for the first time at Outcome, we decided to take a tram and go back home together. As I was new to this country and he was trying to help me in every possible way, for instance he told me to get a Myki pass so that I can save money on public transportation. This is a very short example but his intention was to help me in every possible way. At that moment, I realized, wow, this guy is amazing why is he so much concerned about me and we hardly know each other. Generally if we make a new friend, we try to add him or her on Facebook, the convenient way to stay in touch. I added him as well but never expected that I will meet him again so soon at the Model United Nations conference in Monash. I was surprised to meet him again in Melbourne marathon as I was running the full marathon and he was a photographer there. Later on as I got a part-time job and I informed Hui about it, as he has been also looking for one. So I immediately called him as soon as I heard of an opportunity available. I guess we all have to maintain a give and take relationship in order to strengthen any friendship. So by helping him get a part-time job, I gave back to him what he did for me. But, this was not the end of our friendship but only a beginning. As, the summer break came we had saved enough to travel Oz and our first trip together was to Geelong, a waterfront esplanade. Later on we went to Cairns and did scuba diving at nature’s biggest gift to Australia, the Great Barrier Reef. We travel so many places together and I realized he is one of the best person to travel with. This was because he does proper research on any place before visiting and knows so much that even locals don’t know about it. Second thing which I like about him is that he is very good at networking. He tries to attend every important event in Melbourne and some TEDx events around the world. This has not only helped him build a great network but has help him build a great pillar for his future career. I personally admire him for that and my advice for international students would only be to focus more on networking and experiences, rather than giving priority only to university. For Instance, even if a student applies for a part-time job as a Barista, the one thing which is asked for is how much experience one have. Seeing these qualities in Hui, I actually also got to learn a lot. I have always told him that he has a great future because he is not only a good student but also a good friend. Although he acts dumb sometimes and forget about things, and blame me for losing his things but he is still my best friend. I think this would have not been possible if an Organization like Outcome.life was not there. I wish this organization a great success as by helping international students, it is doing what no one is doing in the market and it has not only helped me meet my best friend but also help me launch my career. I believe in a Chinese proverb which says that “if you want happiness for an hour-take a nap, if you want happiness for a day-go fishing. If you happiness for a month-get married. If you want happiness for a year-inherit a fortune and if you want happiness for a lifetime-help others. And I believe by helping international students, Outcome.life is acquiring happiness for a lifetime……