For David Dunbier, the move from New Zealand to study at ANU offered him the choice of combining a Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Arts, a flexible double combination that he couldn’t find anywhere else.
“When I decided I was going to university I wanted to study numerous different things and the double degree has allowed me to study a wide range of subjects, while also gaining qualifications for doing so.”
David has always loved problem-solving and building tools and solutions. His interest in computing began at high school, where he studied programming and IT for three years. This experience encouraged David to step out of his comfort zone and pursue a more advanced, theoretical degree.
“Even in my first year, my courses have been comprehensive and I have been able to study topics in depth. I even got to build a robot car for one of my engineering courses.”
David has enjoyed having plenty of opportunities to interact with his professors and fellow classmates.
“I think the smaller class sizes allow the teachers to connect more with each individual student, which is something I have greatly appreciated. Also, the range of subjects available is really impressive – ANU truly has something for everyone.”
David is confident that software and computing will play a pivotal role in societal change and he is keen to quash stereotypes and assumptions about his area of study.
“Computer science is definitely not all about coding on your own. Working with other people is absolutely necessary to gain the wide range of views and ideas that are needed to do well.”
The academic support at ANU has been central to David’s experience. In particular, he recommends the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) events as the best place for students to work and socialise at the same time.
“The challenges I have faced in my first year of university have definitely been more difficult in comparison to those I came across in high school; but that is what has made my experience all the more rewarding.”
David’s advice to anyone uncertain of moving to Canberra is to just give it a go – you’ll be surprised.
“Canberra is such an awesome place to be a student! Even though I live off campus, I’m not far away from anything. ANU is a fantastic university to be a part of and there’s so many awesome things happening and I have really enjoyed my time here so far.”
Though David is still figuring out what he would like to pursue in the future, he feels confident that his degree will prepare him for anything that comes his way.
“This time in five years, I see myself as a graduate, with the world as my oyster. While I’m not yet sure what I’ll be doing in the future, I know I’ll be well equipped to find a job in whatever field I choose.”
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