I knew that ANU was exceptionally reputable particularly in my chosen path of linguistics. I suspected that ANU, renowned for its research, would offer opportunities not offered at other universities. So far this is working for me.
Although I was originally accepted into BA/BSc (Psychology), I decided a single-degree BA would suit me better because I knew where I wanted to go and I wanted to devote as much time as possible to it.
The most surprising thing about my degree has been how much freedom we have to explore other disciplines and bring them together. I was also surprised at how easy it has been to communicate with lecturers, academics, and other students to develop my skills and opportunities.
An average week for me is surprisingly busy: trying to enjoy the depth of your study while having to look after yourself is a big job for any interstate student! Classes are enjoyable, weeks are stressful during the crammed assessment periods, and extracurricular activities can provide a different avenue for self-fulfilment. I’m involved with the ANU Debating Society, which is a brilliant addition to my academic life.
Once I finish my degree I plan to move on to postgraduate study, hopefully doing linguistic fieldwork in distant places. I want to contribute to the global effort to halt the endangerment of languages and protect the connection indigenous peoples have with their heritage languages. And I can’t lie: I’m looking forward to being a part of the groovy and stimulating academic lifestyle.
My advice to students thinking about coming to ANU is “do it!” Definitely the most prosperous yet chilled-out student experience you can find in Australia. Get involved with as much as you can cope with, but put your study first. Be creative in your engagement with your courses, and always talk to your academics, because they are incredibly willing to go above and beyond to help you aim higher and higher.