Zebedee shares his experiences and his reason for studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Research & Development) (Honours) at ANU.
Why did you choose to study at ANU over any other institution?
There are a number of reasons why I chose to study at ANU. First of all, ANU is ranked higher than other Australian universities and it is a research-intensive university.
What was your Canberra experience like?
Canberra is a well-planned city, clean, not-too busy or crowded and it allowed me to focus on my studies. Unlike living in other big cities, I felt safe living and walking in the city at night. The ANU UniSafe Bus and ANUOK app also helped me to feel safe.
Did you live in a residential college? How was your experience?
When I first moved to Canberra from Malaysia, I enjoyed living on campus at a fully catered residential college, John XXIII College. It has good food, welcoming atmosphere, enough activities to do when I needed to take a break from studying. Living at Unilodge was also a good experience for me when I wanted to be a little more independent at the later stage of my degree.
What is your favourite experience at ANU? Why?
Taking part in the Summer Research Internship program was my favourite experience at ANU. It allowed me to gain valuable research skills and get a taste of what a PhD degree would be like. This experience, combined with studying the Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) (Honours) program, have better prepared me for further studies in the postgraduate research space.
What extracurricular activities did you participate in at ANU?
I took part in the Robogals workshops in Summer 2015-16 as a volunteer, and the 2016 National Science Week as a chemistry lab demonstrator. I enjoyed taking part in outreach programs organised by ANU as they allowed me to pursue my passion for mentoring and to give back to the community.
I also enjoyed being part of the ANU Open Political Assembly as it allowed me to take part in non-partisan discussions about current affairs and to be well informed on issues outside the engineering field.
What are your immediate plans now that you’ve completed your degree?
I plan to undertake further postgraduate research studies at ANU in the area of renewable energy systems. The Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) (Honours) program has adequately prepared me for this.
What advice would you give to prospective international students preparing themselves for living in Canberra and studying at ANU?
Take part in events. This is a great way to find your passion, meet new friends and pick up new skills.