The 2018 ANU Phone Appeal has kicked off again, with 45 students including Eleanor Armstrong, calling alumni to catch up on news from campus and raise money for The ANU Fund. The ANU Fund supports priority projects and areas of greatest need across the University.
The Phone Appeal also gives the University's alumni community the opportunity to speak with students to share their personal stories, and hear about what's happening on the campus.
This year's team of student callers are a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate students who come from around the globe. They are in various stages of their studies, representing all sectors of the ANU student community. Together, they all share one unique quality - bringing the same energy, curiosity and enthusiasm they have in the classroom into their conversations with alumni.
The University's Annual Giving team recently caught up with Eleanor, who is a third year student studying a Bachelor of Philosophy with a Diploma in Languages.
"I'm lucky enough to be a recipient of the National University Scholarship, which has given me the freedom to enjoy my studies and University life and get more than a degree.
"And it's a good thing too that I'm enjoying ANU as I plan to do more study after my Bachelors and be at university for a long time!
"One of the things I've enjoyed most about being at ANU has been working as a caller on the Phone Appeal. This is my second year on the Phone Appeal and it's a great opportunity for me to give back to a community that has given me so much.
"As someone who has benefitted from financial support, I feel proud that I can raise money for The ANU Fund, which helps areas all across the university. I've seen firsthand the impact these donations can have on students.
"The best part about the Phone Appeal for me is hearing stories from alumni - learning about alumni experiences during their time at ANU and what they've done since is fascinating and fun. It's helped me gain a better perspective on my studies and opened my mind to the many different paths I can take in the future.
"Stories are so important, and I can't wait to share mine with a student caller after I graduate."
The 2018 ANU Phone Appeal runs until 28 October.