ANU Spaces – Seth Robinson

Meet Seth Robinson ... who has just completed a Bachelor of Arts at ANU.

What is your favourite spot on campus?

I'll admit I have a few, so I'm a little torn here, but a couple of the stand outs are definitely Union Court and the Woroni Offices.

You like it because...

Union court, because it's such a great hub. There's always someone you know, or something exciting going on, whether it's a band playing, a debate, or a market. Failing that, you can always grab a bite to eat or swing by the bookshop.

As for the Woroni Offices, in my final semester I was the Production Manager for Woroni Radio. That was a newly created gig, so we spent a lot of time figuring out what that actually meant. But Woroni became a big part of my final year, and I have a lot of fond memories from my time there.

If you were free for an afternoon (in between studies), you would...

Either be with friends at Woroni or Griffin Hall.

Congratulations on your achievement, can you tell us how you feel about completing your studies?

Honestly, a little up in the air at the moment. It's exciting, and that's definitely a big part of it, but of course there are a lot of things about uni I'll miss. There's also that element of staring off towards whatever comes next. That's exciting in it's own right, but also a little daunting. Overall, I'm thrilled, keen to take on whatever the future holds. I think I'll definitely go back to Uni one day and take on a Master's Degree, or something along those lines, but right now I'm happy to shake things up a bit.

What has been the most memorable moment you've had at ANU during the course of your studies?

This is kind of a tough one. There are the big things that everyone will remember, like grad itself, or the O-Weeks, but it's more the little things, certain tute discussions or days spent around campus. If I had to pick one, it'd be last year. I played Bottom in The Popular Mechanicals, a kind of re-imagining of A Midsummer Night's Dream that my friend Milly directed for NUTS. It was an intense term, but endlessly fun, and I met some truly awesome people.

What advice would you have for others who might be considering studying the course you studied?

It's not so much for my course but uni in general, and that's just to get involved.

(The great thing about an Arts degree is you can basically make it into whatever you like. I went for IR, English and Anthropology.) Studying is important and it's the real reason we're there, but it's also really easy to let that take over and be your entire uni experience. Especially if you're a local like me, it's easy to go to your classes and then just take off again. I didn't get really involved in the Uni community, through Woroni and Griffin Hall, until I was in my last year, and it was my favourite by far. It's the extras that make the experience.

Now that you've completed your degree, what are your plans from here?

While I was at uni I drafted my first novel, so at the moment I'm going through the steps of finding a publisher and chasing that dream. It's a lot of fun, but it's kind of crazy in its own right. I'll admit I've dived in and am working on my next manuscript as well. Now that I've finished, It's been really exciting to have the time to pursue that sort of thing.

Beyond that, I've been working in the media, with a focus on communications and promotions mainly, things I'd like to tie into a writing career eventually.

And at the end of the year, I'm going trekking in Nepal.