I began studying at a larger Sydney university and found it overwhelming, so I took a year off. I didn't intend to continue studying as my experience there wasn’t a positive one. I found the big campus and lack of familiar faces overwhelming. I thought my university days were over. However, I decided to give it another shot at the university I had previously considered, ACU at North Sydney.
Fantastic - immediately after changing to ACU I felt a much stronger sense of belonging. The campus was smaller and much more inviting and faces quickly became familiar. It was much easier to socialise and make friends with other students. ACU's friendly environment proved to be much better for me and it was also much closer to home.
I couldn’t have been happier with the teaching staff at ACU, they were always so helpful. At the previous university it seemed once the class was over it was near impossible to get in contact or ask a question, at ACU it was quite the opposite.
One teaching staff member in particular made my uni life so much easier. Alex Cantali was my Course Coordinator - she helped me from day one sorting out any problems that I had and being easily accessible to answer questions.
It was Alex who recommended I take on the role as Student Ambassador and I happily accepted. I wanted to help future students make the right choice about university and emphasise how inviting ACU was and how friendly and helpful the staff were.
Don't rush, enjoy your time at ACU. Make an effort to make friends. Take it slowly. Enjoy your uni days as it is over so quickly. Also attend Open Days, as it is always great to meet real students at ACU and to talk to them about their experience at ACU.
After a rigorous 2016/17 intern selection program with over 1800 applicants, I was lucky enough to be among the top 27 interns selected by Mirvac to participate in the program. I became one of four interns chosen to work in the division of residential development in apartments. I am currently working on Mirvac's largest single-stage residential development, Pavilions in Sydney Olympic Park.