Meet Stephanie, a fourth year student who has taken the opportunity to immerse herself in research projects in Australia and overseas as part of her Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce degree.
“As part of my engineering degree, there are core courses that have allowed us to partake in group and individual research portfolio projects, starting in first year. We’ve been able to apply our thinking on water sanitation in Timor Leste as part of Engineers Without Borders, and collaborate with clients to research an Auslan-to-Text Translation System for a courier.
I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to Singapore for an Enable Development study program on aging and disability as part of the New Colombo Plan. It was an invaluable experience that immersed us into the aging and disability context in Singapore through participation in workshops, activities, site visits and collaboration with academics and local community groups. There was so much I got out of the trip, including broader networks and a new perspective towards design that I will take well into future.”
Aside from the project work involved with her degree, Stephanie believes the student experience and the people she has met have been her favourite part of studying at ANU.
“ANU hosts such a diverse group of people from all over the world. I’ve made many friends from different places, and to be able to make those domestic and international connections, I feel lucky.”
I’m currently a part of the ANU Vietnamese Students’ Association (if you’re interested in Vietnamese culture or enjoy Vietnamese food, do join!), Robogals ANU, the ANU Volunteering Association, Engineering Students’ Association and the ANU VSA futsal team.”
Stephanie has come to discover that there’s more to ANU than just a beautiful campus and good location.
“I’ve learnt a breadth and depth of particular skills as part of my ANU experience, through my degree, extra-curricular involvements, research and overseas travel opportunities.”
If you're thinking about studying at ANU, Stephanie recommends exploring the campus, and joining clubs and societies.
“Make sure you study what you enjoy, and if you're able to, take a campus tour and spend time exploring the campus - it is very beautiful! I'd also recommend joining any clubs and societies that you're interested in, it’s a warm community at ANU and I’ve made many close friends this way.”
Read more about Stephanie's experience in the Enabled Development study program here.