Shreyas has been immersing himself in the opportunities presented to him through the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) degree since transferring to ANU from Manipal University, India earlier this year.
“I wanted to continue my degree elsewhere. ANU had flexible pathways and degree structures that allowed me to transfer units across to the ANU, as well as a high ratio and diversity of international students. It is one of the leading universities for both research and academia, which was important for me.”
A recipient of the ANU-Study Canberra India Scholarship for academic excellence at his university in India, Shreyas has had an interest in computing since high school. He believes that computer science can change the world.
“I was interested in computing since high school and I wanted to develop my expertise in this sector. I also have a passion for coding and I would have been coding as a hobby no matter which degree I chose. But making coding my bread and butter has made my undergrad degree a lot easier!
The ICT revolution has already taken the world by storm and will continue to dominate for the foreseeable future. We are seeing the integration of computing in every industry that exists, from real estate to mining to medicine. This industry is churning out more innovations than any other at the moment - I think the focus moving forward will be bringing digital connectivity and information sharing to everyone and everything,” says Shreyas.
Shreyas is also keen to bust the myth that computer science is all about coding and working on your own.
“The truth is the exact opposite. Most coding projects these days are complex structures that cannot be completed by any one person. There is always a team behind a project, with many projects focusing on bringing ICT into various industries which requires constant collaboration with the people working in the industry.”
Team work and collaborating with others is a key feature of all engineering and computer science degrees at ANU, which is made easy with a large, friendly student network.
“We are a large group of students and we have plenty of activities here at the ANU. The Computer Science Students Association organises weekly board games nights, console games nights and occasional barbeques for lunch. We have common room within the computer science building where you can collaborate on projects, and seek help if you need it.”
Aside from support from other students, Shreyas has found the staff and academics at ANU to be very helpful too.
“The lecturers have always been straightforward and stated that they are ready to help with any issues faced during the course. I have met my program convener three times in the past six months and he has been very patient in helping me pick courses to meet my degree and major requirements.
The informal context and friendly manner in which I can interact with the lectures, heads of halls, supervisors or any other support staff at the university is a refreshing change from back home. This is a huge cultural difference from back in India, where you are expected behave in a formal manner around anyone higher up in the social hierarchy.” says Shreyas.
Shreyas is enjoying life in Canberra, where he lives on campus at Ursula Hall.
“The weather was terribly cold when I arrived in Winter. But the warmth of the people here made up for it. I had friends starting from the first day. Living in a residential college really helped and I had the support of the Senior Residents who helped me out with any gaps in my knowledge.
The ANU is located close to the city and I had no difficulty getting the supplies I needed on the first day. It is spread out over a large area but contained in a single campus. You’ll find large areas of greenery and wide open public spaces. Canberra is small and sparsely populated, yet it enjoys all the civic amenities of a large city”.
Looking ahead, Shreyas says “my studies at ANU have encouraged me to pursue higher studies, after working for a couple of years to get some experience under my belt.”
Shreyas recommends that future students of ANU stay in a residence hall on campus, and not be afraid to take risks.
“Stay in a residence hall for at least some part of your university life. It exposes you to a lot of positive experiences. Also, don’t be afraid to take risks. Whether it is taking a course you don’t have prior knowledge of, or trying out for a role in a play. There will be plenty of opportunities that come your way - seek them out and don’t be deterred when things don’t go your way.
If the thought of working with individuals motivated to break new ground excites you, then ANU is the place to be. It offers a plethora of opportunities to a diverse population of students, so you can be sure you’ll fit right in and find help reaching your goals, no matter what they might be.”