Making the most of the university experience

Publication date
Friday, 27 Apr 2012

"I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do in year 12," says Anthony Obeyesekere.  But Anthony is now pursuing his science career with gusto. After completing two degrees in Queensland, Anthony is now undertaking a Bachelor of Science and a Master of International & Development Economics at ANU.

"In order to do high level economic theory, you need a good grounding in mathematics. But at the same time I like what I picked up from my maths degree, it gives me a different way of looking at the world and I can take that with me regardless of where I’m working."

Anthony is impressed with the quality of education at ANU, "the content is world class. For example, there are people I work with in my part time work that graduated with mathematics backgrounds and they say that some of the content I do in my second year is comparable to what they would get in their third or Honours year."

The lecturers Anthony has encountered have also added to his experience, "they are very friendly. They don’t have an elitist perspective. They are willing to have a chat with you."

His advice to prospective students is, "you shouldn’t be taking the passive approach to university. ANU has a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in things. You can be volunteering; you can play sport; all sorts of things. On campus, or even off campus, there are a range of things you can do to get the most out of your university experience."

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