After graduating from school I decided to go straight into the work force working full time. University was not on my priority list but after a few years in the corporate world I soon realised how important an education was in progressing my career. I highly recommend ACU to any mature students or workers contemplating studying.
My university experience has been amazing. I have definitely learnt a lot about myself and the world around me. It has been great meeting like-minded people and connecting with fellow colleagues. My learning experience has been outstanding. I have been given the opportunity on a daily basis to engage with my peers and teachers whilst applying techniques and skills that are fundamental in the work force. I find myself being challenged every day and being able to tackle these obstacles, with the help of my teachers, is genuinely rewarding.
There are a few reasons why I choose ACU. Firstly, as a faith based institution I found that my values and beliefs aligned with the university’s. Secondly, acceptance into my course was relatively easy and straightforward. As a mature student I was concerned about getting into my course but ACU makes courses accessible to everyone. Finally, after visiting the North Sydney campus I knew I would be content with choosing ACU. The campus is beautifully designed, great facilities with a modern touch makes studying a whole lot easier.
My lecturers and tutors are great. At other universities you hear horror stories of being just a number and not being able to communicate with your teacher because there are too many students. At ACU most of my lecturers/tutors know me by name. I am able to discuss unit content during class, after class and most of the time teachers are happy to meet after teaching hours to go through assignments. In addition to this my teachers respond to my emails when I need help with course content.
My advice to prospective students considering ACU, is to go for it! I can guarantee you will find a great community at ACU and you will be happy with your decision. I have learnt so much already and have had a great time. As a student you cherish being a part of a smaller knit community and being able to communicate with your lecturers/tutors.
I have participated in few student campaigns and have been a part of student associations. The biggest highlight would be participating in the ALSA Conference in Hobart as a competitor for negotiations. This is where our team competed against the top negotiators from various law schools in Australia in a week-long competition. The experience was incredible as we met new people and peers from other universities. My next community engagement program that I am currently looking into is UNCC300 (core unit) in Paris or Rome.