Hello mum, Yes I had brekkie, please don’t worry, I am looking after myself,” I exclaimed.

Brekkie?“, questioned mum.

It had only been a few months ago when I’d first heard the term Brekkie here in Melbourne, short form for breakfast and now without giving it a second thought it was on the tip of my tongue.

That’s when it all starts. The remarks of ‘you’re turning Australian’ from friends and family.

Isn’t that the biggest fear your parents encounter when sending you to a different country? That you’ll completely adopt the culture there and forget where you have actually come from?

Living in Australia, I have learnt grocery shopping while keeping finances in check, cooking three meals a day for myself, finding time to balance study and enjoyment and along with that continuing basketball games for different clubs, twice a week. How can this sort of all-round development be bad for anyone?  Eventually it is on your parents to trust their upbringing, and on you, to make the right decisions when you go abroad. So I cannot thank my parents enough for having done so. Staying true to your aim and making the most of your time abroad is the best way to stay on track and have the time of your lives alongside.

3rd best course in the World.”…does have a nice ring to it right? The bachelor in sport management-Australia has the same teaching staff as the Masters’ course and thus I can proudly say that we are learning from the best.

Ever thought that attending a sports game would be a part of your assignment? Attend a game. Tick.

Enjoy it thoroughly? Tick.

Write a report on it? Tick.

Do well because it is something you are passionate about. Tick? (I did actually score a distinction on this report, I promise!)

The Aami Park soccer stadium in Melbourne, on which Krittika wrote her report.

The Aami Park soccer stadium in Melbourne, on which Krittika wrote her report.

My course comes to around $25,000 AUD a year; but DO NOT get scared looking at this sum because there are loads of International student bursaries and scholarships up for grabs. (I was awarded an International Student Bursary after scoring a basic of 76% in my 12th Std HSC results). My point being that it is all about devoting your time to researching thoroughly, looking at what scholarship would fit you best and then applying for it. The main thing that people need to understand is that Sports Management is a proper career oriented course and it should be given importance alongside commerce, arts, engineering and medical.

A few facts that I learnt about while pursuing this course was that the volunteering sector in Australia was dominated mainly by sport, not aged care or poverty. The Sydney Olympics had a volunteer base of about 75,000 people making the event possible. India surely does not lack in population or passion for sport. With the Indian Basketball Players Association (IBPA) launched in the near past, it has increased hope and enthusiasm amongst players everywhere. Reading about it here in Australia, makes me excited about the future prospects of basketball, which has and will always be the sport closest to my heart. The news of Jonathan Rego becoming an official FIBA agent has also opened doors for players to pursue this sport on a more professional level. With growth happening at such a rapid pace, I could not have asked to pursue another degree.

There are times when I miss home and all I can think of is a comforting hug from my older sister or mum’s love-packed biryani or dad sacrificing watching a James Bond movie to take me for a basketball game. During such weak moments I question myself, is it all worth it? But every single time the answer has been a resounding YES. Just the excitement of imagining what this course could do for me in the future is what keeps me going and is worth every bit of it.

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19-year-old Krittika Divadkar from Pune has represented the junior Indian national women’s basketball team and last year took the bold step of moving to Australia to pursue Sports Management from Deakin University. What prompted her move? Get a sneakpeak into the mind of this promising young Indian basketballer who is daring to walk the path rarely travelled. This is a chance for us to watch Krittika’s journey Down Under unfold in her own voice, as she matures from a promising basketball player to a qualified sports management professional, eager to return to India and transform the sport of basketball. Read her previous post here

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  1. Amarnath.N 3 years ago

    I have some exposure in sports and some exposure in management..I love both..so I can imagine how sports management will be..a double delight..good luck..

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