Initially I had no intentions of studying abroad - I was too family-oriented to think about being away from them for a very long time. But then, I thought when else in life could I just check out how much I could stretch myself, what I could do? So to see what I was capable of, I decided to study abroad.
As ambitious as I was, I did not want to go to a completely unknown destination. Since I have many relatives and family-friends here, I chose Australia.
ACU was initially a choice for financial reasons - of the universities I saw during exhibitions in Nepal, it seemed the most economical. After having studied here though, and after comparing my experience with friends who have attended other universities, I am so glad I made this choice, for reasons beyond just being economical.
Study in Australia I’d say is pretty laid back, with regular intervals to recharge. Self-motivation is key to perform academically well here, I’ve found.
The benefits I would say is exposure to the global workplace we are preparing ourselves for. The faculty, staff and students, all from diverse backgrounds and experiences, allow us to experience this unique multiculturalism that Australia has to offer.
As for challenges, being an international student, one has to be very independent. Having to look after yourself emotionally, financially, academically, all at the same time can get very exhausting at times.
I love being at ACU. I had heard from people who had studied at Australian universities that it is just classes and work in Australia, but I am so glad that this is not the case here at ACU. Being a person always keen to participate in extra-curricular activities, I have found many opportunities to participate in, and even organise many events and activities which have definitely enriched my university experience.
The staff, especially, both academic and professional staff is extremely helpful and approachable.
I feel like my Australian education experience wouldn’t have been this great if I wasn’t at ACU.
(Anushka is an Executive Dean award recipient for 2017.)
Yes, the lecturers and tutors I have had are all very approachable, timely to respond and always empathetic towards students. The content too, I find to be very practical and applicable to the real world.
The entire duration of the three months was an absolutely amazing experience to say the least. Getting to work in probably one of the most unique spaces an accountant can work at, that too with a team from the Big 4 (KPMG), and getting to meet and have a picture with the Pope have to be the highlights from my internship.
I would advise that university experience is a time for one to truly explore ourselves before we go into the actual workforce. It is therefore very important to engage ourselves in other activities along with academics to be able to fully utilise our capabilities. So don’t be afraid to go out there and use all the support services there are for you - from careers to counselling to academic skills - they’re all there for us. I am honestly thoroughly impressed with ACU, and I hope you will be able to make the most out of your time here too!
The realisation has come to me especially after my internship experience that ultimately, I would like to utilise my academic and professional experience to be able to help the under-developed communities in the world. I would like to be able to make a positive impact in the community that I work in, to ultimately be at a point from where we can empower communities to be the best they can be.
Working in the International Student Support team fresh off being an international student myself was a very unique and enjoyable experience. Every day was an opportunity to learn about things affecting the students, and finding and developing ways to make their experience here at ACU a smooth one. The national team across all six campuses were always eager to teach and that made the learning experience all, the more enriching.
Anushka is now working in the role of Finance and Systems Officer, in the International Office at ACU.