When Ting arrived as an international student at The Australian National University (ANU) six years ago, it was a new experience for her.
She was moving out of her home for the first time and living in a new country far away from her family and friends.
Ting struggled to understand the lectures and felt shy to ask questions in the classroom but all that changed with encouragement from her lecturers.
“My lecturers were very patient with me and their attitude was very encouraging. They told me to ask questions and said that the best way to learn is by asking questions. It helped me build a strong foundation in my education,” she said.
“The support of my lecturers helped me get out of my comfort zone. I realised that the more I explored things, the more I was open to accepting new things. And that helped me find who I am and the real me.”
Ting completed her Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts Honour program at ANU and will soon be graduating with a Master’s Degree in Digital Humanities and Public Culture. She is the student ambassador for ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) as well.
She encourages students to live on campus while studying at ANU. “In my first week while staying in campus accommodation, I made friends from different cultural backgrounds. It was an enriching experience,” Ting said.
Ting advises future students to experience student life to its fullest and participate in everything that the University has to offer.
“Students in their first year are usually stressed about studying and grades. While it’s important, I encourage students to participate in various events and opportunities that University has to offer during their free time and network. You will end up making lifelong friends like I did,” Ting said.
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Written by Neha Attre