I have already completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Genetics and Psychology from another university. During the degree I realised that this area of study was not my passion, however I decided to complete the bachelor as I only had one year remaining.
With no plans of pursuing a career in science, I began working full-time in retail for the next year, convincing myself that this is where I would end up. The monotony of recurring tasks did not excite me and I began looking to pursue further studies. The business environment had always interested me from early school days, and I had completed an accounting subject as an elective during my first degree and really enjoyed it.
Several of my friends had studied at ACU and only had positive feedback about their course structure, staff members and community life in general. It was also the first year that the university was running the Accounting and Finance course which was exactly what I was interested in.
I’ve had a very positive experience at ACU so far. Putting in extra effort for my studies, while at the same time making new friends and connections, which has been quite easy to do. ACU has a smaller community than my previous university, where you are very easily lost in the crowd. I believe there is a greater appreciation for student contributions at ACU. Getting involved in various activities and committees such as the Business Leadership program has definitely added to my positive experience.
So far my lecturers and tutors have been very helpful in answering any questions. They have always made themselves available for further consultation outside class time and always respond to emails promptly.
I completed my community engagement in Vietnam during the mid-year break, teaching English to Seminarians of the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco. It was an eye-opening experience, learning about the Brother’s vocation and dedication to their faith. I would love to return there and teach again in the future.
ACU offers an excellent learning environment, but it’s also the students’ responsibility to choose a course that they are passionate about and work hard towards. University will only be as successful and enjoyable as you make it.
My goal is to get a graduate position in one of the big four accounting firms specialising in auditing and assurance, eventually extending my skill set towards consultations with clients. In the future, I would like to take on further studies to eventually earn myself a CA accreditation and work overseas.
I currently work part-time in retail while I study. On weekends I volunteer, teaching English and Maths to recently immigrated students ranging from grade 3 to year 12, whose parents struggle to provide further education for their kids. I’m also apart of a St. Vincent De Paul Committee where we partake in soup vans for the homeless and distribute food to the less fortunate. I enjoy watching and playing tennis, swimming, listening to music, travelling and spending time with my friends.