Payton (Darren) Ong Zhi Ren (Malaysia)
Hey! My name is Payton, and I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am a third-year student studying a Bachelor of Business in Marketing at Queensland University of Technology and I am living in Student One purpose-built student accommodation.
As an international student living away from home for the first time, choosing to study in Brisbane has been one of the best decisions I ever made. I am very passionate about Brisbane and the Australian lifestyle. Despite the vast cultural differences, the core values for someone living here, being able to promote a sense of pride and freedom, allows individuals to express their inner-self and character.
I am looking forward to being part of Brisbane's International Student Ambassadors as I have a keen interest in community programs and projects. This is shown through my ongoing volunteer work at Rainbow Hub and Open Doors Youth Service, and my position as the Marketing Director of the Malaysian Students' Council of Australia (Queensland State Chapter).
As a marketing student, being an ambassador for Brisbane helps me utilise my knowledge of marketing principles on industry-focused, real-world scenarios. I am honoured to be able to support anyone who is studying or looking to study in Australia's new world city - one that has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to engage, learn and develop new skills.
My favourite things about Brisbane are:
Going on bike rides around the city and suburbs, friends and communities.
The languages I speak:
English, Malay, Mandarin and Hokkien