ANU study helps student experience life abroad

19 December 2014

I have been able to take my experiences at ANU to a career combining my interests in Australia and Indonesia.

Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies graduate Fay Edwards says her studies at ANU have helped her seek experiences in other countries.

Edwards, 23, has spent her fourth year of study in Bandung, Indonesia as part of her course at the College of Asia and the Pacific.

“With the encouragement and facilitation of ANU, I have been able to take my experiences at ANU to a career combining my interests in Australia and Indonesia,” she said.

From the regional New South Wales town of Breadalbane, Edwards says she always had ANU in the back of her mind as a place of study.

“At my primary school we would often have enthusiastic ANU students come to give presentations about ANU. Each time they painted a picture of an exciting university life – one that I couldn't wait to be part of,” she said.

“Upon finally enrolling at ANU I packed my bags and moved onto campus, and quickly adapted to life at university.

“I made great friends through class, university clubs and sport. I can honestly say my years at university were the happiest of my life so far.”

Edwards describes ANU as a “hub of academics and researchers” which gave her access to an extensive international community of experts in her field of Asia-Pacific studies.

So what advice does she have for students thinking about coming to ANU?

“Get involved in as many clubs as possible, and also subscribe to notifications about visiting researchers and guest speakers. ANU has many visiting academics that give incredible talks that are free to students,” she said.

A video documenting Edwards’ arrival in Indonesia in May, 2014 can be found on the ANU Experience youtube page.

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