Having enjoyed maths and science in high school and with an interest in their practical applications, Samuel Palmer moved from Hobart, Tasmania to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science degree at ANU.
“One of the most important things for me when choosing where to study was the employment outcomes at the end of my degree. The ANU engineering degree, which is developed in close partnership with Australian industry, was able to offer this. The engineering degree in particular is more flexible than at most other universities in Australia. The first three semesters are the same for all engineering students, so I was only required to choose my major in my second year after being exposed to the basics of the majors on offer at the ANU.”
Samuel has enjoyed the sense of community he has found within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at ANU.
“It’s more than just an excellent university. It’s a community of motivated students and academics that has a huge range of social and career opportunities alongside study.”
Through his studies, Samuel has had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Singapore on the Enabled Futures Study Tour, discovering assistive technology for people with disability and ageing technologies. “It was my first time travelling overseas and it was a fantastic experience.”
Samuel has also been involved with the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) group at ANU, where he has been responsible for coordinating the schools outreach program in the ACT and attending two National Councils to assist in establishing the organisation’s goals and strategy.
“The opportunities for leadership that the ANU can present to students is incredible. Whether it be a support role at a university residence, managing a schools outreach program or showcasing the university to new students I’ve been able to undertake a huge variety of different activities alongside my studies and build skills outside of the classroom.”
Samuel considers Canberra the perfect university town. “
There is plenty of part-time work available and lots of free things to do. It’s easy to get around, and with so many students, lots of local businesses are able to provide deals on food and student pricing for events. The huge number of students from interstate and overseas makes it really easy to settle in and make friends, as there are so many other students in the same position as you.”
Samuel’s advice to prospective students thinking of coming to ANU to study is: “to give it a go. The flexible structure both within and combining degrees and wide variety of courses on offer mean that there’s a chance to explore more than just your chosen discipline easily.”
Samuel is still considering what he might like to do after he graduates.
“I am still not sure what I’d like to do. When I started at ANU I wasn’t really sure where my degree could take me. I still have two years to go and now I’m spoilt for choice! I have no doubt that I’ll be able to pursue a career in technical engineering, consultancy, or even development with my ANU degree.”