I decided to go to ANU Open Day on a whim. At the time I was unsure of what I wanted to study, but by the end my first four UAC preferences were four different ANU degrees. Part of my reason for going was that I wanted to go to a university outside of Sydney and to move to another city.
ANU had affordable and fun accommodation, great courses and very engaging lecturers. I was excited at the thought of trips overseas, more extra-curricular activities than I could poke a stick at, and an interesting, unique degree.
I’ve been interested in history since the age of four - it was obvious that I was destined to study Classics. When I was in year twelve my favourite subject was ancient history as I've always held a deep fascination with ancient civilizations, especially the Greek and Roman Empires.
Classical Studies was a degree that focused solely on what I was interested in. In my degree I have done ancient history, Ancient Greek, Latin, as well as studying a variety of other subjects such as English, gender studies and archaeology. As part of my degree I'll be embarking on a trip to Turkey in 2015, which will go towards my Ancient History major. I am very excited about this trip!
The most surprising thing about my ANU journey was how the ANU helped smooth my transition from high school into university. My favourite thing about the ANU is the large amount of opportunities on offer. Ranging from overseas trips, leadership roles, rigorous academics and opportunities to learn outside the classroom is what makes ANU unique.
After I finish my degree, I may do Honours, I haven’t decided yet if I will pursue further study after that. One thing I would love to do after I finish my degree is translate, re-write, and perform Ancient Greek plays into radio plays. If you need help, there are many services provided to help you as well as a wealth of knowledge from later year students. If you live in a college make sure you do at least one activity at college and another in ANU, a good balance between both makes for a well-rounded degree.
In my spare time I am a radio presenter on 2XX FM, as well as being Secretary of the ANU Classics Society and the Web Manager for local media hub YoungFolk Media. I also love social media and listening to vinyls.
Katherine has since graduated from the university.