Advanced Computing student Jay Hansen has always been keen to stand out from the crowd.
Jay was drawn to Computer Science because he felt it “sounded so exotic” in comparison to what his fellow high school students were considering.
Specialising in Data and Algorithms within his degree, Jay wants to use the power of computing to unlock the potential of data.
"The world is data rich but information poor, and only computer science has the raw power and knowhow to get useful information from the huge data sets in today’s world. The potential uses for this includes optimising city's traffic to making sure blood banks don't run dry.”
Now Jay dreams of an entrepreneurial career working for himself, defining and developing the niche products that we don’t yet know we need and want.
But this future wasn’t always easy to imagine – when considering where he wanted study, Jay felt a level of intimidation in transitioning from high school to university.
“I thought ANU was a big, scary, adult institution where everyone is left to their own devices…but it’s exactly the opposite!”
A keen champion for Canberra, Jay is happy now for the opportunity to study at a truly world class university in his hometown.
“Canberra is very easy to get around, safe, and close to all the industry connections you could need as a computer science student.”
There is never a shortage of things to do whether it is supporting the Raiders at GIO stadium, or unwinding with a motorcycle ride around the lake. And Jay will happily let you in on Canberra’s best kept secret “Yarralumla Halal Pide House, Yum!”
Even though Canberra will always be home, Jay has also had his fair share of international opportunities, travelling to Beijing for study and San Francisco for entrepreneur mentorship, all courtesy of ANU sponsored programs.
Jay knows that the key to his future success will be found equally in the social and co-curricular side of university life and not just in the classroom.
“Your courses are not the be all and end all experience of university, there is so much more you can and should do with your time at ANU. Go look for opportunities to contribute to something bigger than yourself rather than just sitting in the classroom or the lab and then going home. Take those risks.”
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