My advice to anyone considering ACU as their preferred university is to ensure the core values of the university align with theirs. These values guide any ACU university activity and the classes in which you will be a part.
I came to ACU straight out of Year 12. However, I completed two accelerated units in Criminology, as part of my year 12 Studies. Although these were not law subjects they were closely related and gave me a taste of what university life, assignments and work load would be like.
Although I didn’t take a gap year, I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks travelling through Asia between finishing Year 12 and starting university, and as hard as it is to believe I was ready to come back and immerse myself in university.
It was evident from a young age that law was my passion. I enjoyed Legal Studies in year 11 and 12 and loved public speaking and debating. Believing that these are excellent traits for a barrister, I applied to ACU’s Passion for Law Program so as to strengthen my application to the university and to give me an advantage in starting my studies in law.
The process of applying was rather pain free. 200 to 300 words spelling out why I had a passion for law is all that was required. Unlike other applications this did not call for any other recommendations or references but was rather an opportunity to reflect upon my future goals and aspirations in the law field.
My university experience, at the start, was rather daunting. An unfamiliar place where no one knows your name. Very different from my high school where I was School Captain and known by many. However, since starting I have become involved in campus life by joining the St Patrick’s Law Student Society, becoming a first year representative. I have also participated in numerous competitions already in my first semester.
I chose ACU because I believe it fits the direction in which my life has not only travelled but will continue on. The small campus and student body coupled with the strong focus on morality and service to the community leads me to believe I have made the right choice.
Yes, although at the start approaching them can be rather daunting. Once you are in the full swing of university life your dealings with them become second nature. The fact that the university is rather small allows for a rapport to be built between not only yourself and your tutor but also sometimes your lecturers.
When choosing a university it is important to weigh up all your options and select the one most suited to your needs.
My advice to anyone considering ACU as their preferred university is to ensure the core values of the university align with theirs. These values guide any ACU university activity and the classes in which you will be a part. The smaller campus environment allows for a more personal approach to learning. You will end up seeing not only students, but also staff that you know and often know you, around every corner you turn.
In addition, further advice to any student considering studying at a tertiary level, irrespective of their preferred university, is to remember that tutors and lecturers are not your high school teachers. They will neither spoon feed you the information or chase you up if you have failed to submit work. Although they are friendly and fair, the onus is on you to seek their help.
Finally, I recommend you get involved in university life whether this be in the form of societies, clubs or competitions. These provide an excellent way for friendships to form with like-minded people. Keep in mind, these friendship groups will be important for your success at university.
All in all, I have found ACU to be a fantastic place to study.
I currently have no idea about my career path. However, with an ACU degree in Law and Arts, I have no doubt that my future prospects will be rosy and ever expanding. In saying this, with my first semester under my belt, I would enjoy becoming a barrister or maybe even Prime Minister of Australia, in the future, depending on which degree I decide to use. Although remember all skills learnt are never a waste.