Mengyan Zhang, 2017 Paul Thistlewaite Memorial Honours Year Scholarships recipient, chose to move to a new country to experience a new style of teaching and learning. She was highly motivated to be part of the world leading university like The Australian National University (ANU), which conducts cutting-edge research in her field of interest.
“Moving to a new country is not easy, but exploring a different environment and culture is stimulating. From knowing to growing, ANU teaching system has taught me how to put theory into practice.”
“ANU also provides great advanced computing courses like machine learning and artificial intelligence. It suits students who want to do research and provides graduates with good job prospects.
Mengyan decided to study the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) program at ANU as the degree offers a specialisation that she is interested in.
“I’m a ‘2+2’ student from Shandong University, Weihai. I've studied 2 years in China and will be completing 2 years of studies at ANU. I’m interested in Data Mining and Machine Learning so I have selected the Intelligence System specialisation. My interest in this discipline started when I picked up some computer science related courses online. I think these data analysis methods and tools are powerful and interesting.”
Mengyan works closely with her supervisors and she is never shy to discuss new ideas with them. The learning structure at ANU has helped her explore applicative learning.
“I get excited whenever I discuss my individual research project with my supervisors, especially when we come up with new ideas! It’s great to do something meaningful and even better if it’s something that you are really interested in.”
“ANU encourages us to think deeply and ask questions whenever we have any doubts. It’s great for me to have a chance to do an individual project with the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable supervisors. They have given me practical advice about the specific research area that I am interested in.”
Apart from studies, Mengyan enjoys spending time with her residential hall mates. Living on campus has been one of the many joyous experiences for Mengyan as she often takes part in many interesting social activities.
“I live in Fenner Hall, one of ANU accommodation. Living at Fenner Hall has helped me to get used to University life. Fenner Hall is not only a residential accommodation but also a big community. Various interesting activities, such as commencement dinner, tea night, bowling and laser tag, brought lots of fun to my life. I love meeting and interacting with other students all around Australia and the world.”
Mengyan’s advice to prospective student is to take full advantage of the flexibility in course selection at ANU
“Explore and find your interest. This will help you with the selection of your major or specialisation and individual project area selection.”
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