StudentAmbassadors

Canberra attracts thousands of students from all over Australia and the world studying in its many institutions, across all sectors of education. In recognition of this, the Study Canberra Student Ambassador program has been developed to tell the stories of just some of the exceptional individuals who chose to study here. These students are Australian and International students, from Melbourne to Malaysia, Beijing to Brisbane, and many more cities in between. They make a positive and real contribution to our city and community, and to their own success. Studying across the diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels, volunteering on campus or in the community, these students are our future leaders and an example of the fantastic opportunities on offer in Australia’s education capital.

MEET THE 2017 STUDY CANBERRA STUDENT AMBASSADORS

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    Amanda from Indonesia, studying a PhD in Oceanography at UNSW Canberra.
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    An from Vietnam, studying a Bachelor of Building and Construction Management at UC.
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    Andrew from China, studying Information Technology, Japanese and Music at Narrabundah College.
  • Image of Ambassador Anouvone
    Anouvone from Laos, studying a Diploma of Human Resource Management at CIT.
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    Beth from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Psychology at UC.
  • Image of Ambassador Corinda
    Corinda from Australia, studying a Bachelor of International Security Studies at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Darcy
    Darcy from Australia, studying a Juris Doctor at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Egbert
    Egbert from China, studying a Masters of Social Work at ACU.
  • Image of Ambassador Geveen
    Geveen from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Economics/Finance at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Isabelle
    Isabelle from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Laws/International Relations at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Jenny
    Jenny from Vietnam, studying Bachelor of Science (Pure Mathematics) at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Kezia
    Kezia from Indonesia, studying a Bachelor of Commerce at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Lucy
    Lucy from China, studying Year 12 at Lake Ginninderra College.
  • Image of Ambassador Mackenzie
    Mackenzie from Australia, studying a Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Science at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Praveen
    Praveen from India, studying a Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at UNSW Canberra.
  • Image of Ambassador Prisca
    Prisca from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Political Science at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Queen
    Queen from Nigeria, studying a Bachelor of Education at ACU.
  • Image of Ambassador Ralph
    Ralph from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Engineering/Finance at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Reenu
    Reenu from Thailand, studying an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality at CIT.
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    Read the Student Ambassador profiles and discover more about studying in Canberra.

“Every day in Canberra is a positive experience for me… The fresh air, the parks, lakes, mountains and native animals found in the city, along with accessible public transport, have all made Canberra one of the most liveable cities in the world.”—Egbert from China.

2017 Study Canberra Student Ambassador profiles

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AMANDA

Country: Indonesia
Program: PhD in Oceanography
Institution: University of New South Wales, Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Well, what’s not to love about Canberra? I have to admit that sometimes it feels quiet, but the advantages of living and studying in a capital city with a taste of the country outweighs the ‘too quite’ feelings. I am always amazed with the beautiful outdoor landscapes, like the nearby bush with its walking tracks, the lovely Lake Burley Griffin, and the wonderful hiking tracks, camping and picnic sites! The friendliness of the people is another lovely thing about Canberra and its community. When you get on and off the buses and the drivers take their time to greet you! The multicultural or seasonal fests are always fun to attend and provide great opportunities to learn about other cultures (especially when it comes to the food). Thanks Canberra for being a second home for me and my family!

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Initially, my decision to choose Canberra to pursue postgraduate study was simply because of my supervisors' relevant expertise within my field of interest. However, in addition to this, I would now choose Canberra because the city gives me a unique experience that I might not get from other places. Canberra can be considered an intellectual powerhouse, where the existence of reputable universities, leading research institutions (such as CSIRO and Geoscience Australia), and government offices, allow students to expand their networks and knowledge beyond the scope of the university. At the same time, this most liveable city provides a great contemporary atmosphere that enables students to thrive and balance their study and social lifestyle.

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AN

Country: Vietnam
Program: Bachelor of Building and Construction Management
Institution: University of Canberra

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

Living in Canberra can be very cheap if you know where to look. One of my positive experiences is a recurring one; going to the markets every Sunday. Canberra has several fresh food and local farmers produce markets where one can buy cheap food and fresh local produce. I like the Fyshwick markets. They are truly a multicultural affair and people from all places and all walks of life go there to get quality food at very competitive prices. It reminds me of the markets in my home country. After 3:00 PM on Sundays the food is discounted up to 50% and I always come home thrilled at the bargains I've made and excited about trying new ways of cooking what I've bought.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Being a mature aged student and coming from an international student background, good career opportunities and the ability to earn money while undertaking my degree were my two main priorities when choosing a place to study. Canberra meets these criteria. It has the lowest unemployment rate in the country compared to other cities. Canberrans also have the highest average earnings in all of Australia.

Another reason for choosing Canberra as my study destination is the multicultural environment this place offers. About one quarter of the Canberra population are from overseas. This means that Canberrans are very open minded people and easy to get along with.

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ANDREW

Country: China
Program: Information Technology, Japanese and Music
Institution: Narrabundah College

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

For me, my time during high school is the most memorable experience. I am extremely grateful about how students in the school are always being so helpful and that they never ignore people from other places. I remember the first day I arrived at my high school. Everyone wanted to show me around the school, and one student even kept asking if I needed any help and saying hello to me while I was waiting for the teacher. Honestly, I did not know what to do in such a welcoming situation. Students were so kind that all I could do was keep saying “thank you”. I love this place so much, now I have a lot of friends and we still keep in touch even though we have already graduated from high school and gone to different colleges.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I chose Canberra to study for the following reasons. First of all, Canberra has no temptations, all students can do is get along with absolutely beautiful nature every single day, allowing students to get more of their own time and learn to be independent. Second of all, this capital city has absolutely great study conditions for people to learn in a healthy way. Apart from studying at home, the library or at school, you can do a variety of sports to maintain your body and mental health. Plus, Canberra is such a wonderful place for people to exercise. I strongly believe that Canberra is the best place for everyone!

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ANOUVONE

Country: Laos
Program: Diploma of Human Resource Management
Institution: Canberra Institute of Technology

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I have heaps of memorable experiences in Canberra. I enjoy studying, I found a good part-time job and have gained lots of multicultural friends from different backgrounds and mindsets. I have learnt a lot from living and studying here in Canberra. I have learnt how to live and study independently and have gained experiences from my daily life. The most memorable moment that I have had here, apart from studying, was arranging to start my first job. I think it is very important to work and to get experience while studying. I have applied my skills and knowledge gained from studying, plus my life experience to my work to make it a positive outcome, so everything goes well. Therefore, I would say that Canberra is not only the best place to live and study, but is also a great place to get experience.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

As an international student, who has a good opportunity to study abroad, I would like to take this chance to live and explore my new world meaningfully. Due to the fact that I have to live by myself I decided to choose the city which has everything—quality institutions, high level of safety, good transportation and lots of events and activities to do. Canberra met all my criteria and therefore I chose it as my place of study. Canberra is regarded as one of the most liveable and peaceful cities in the world, it is no wonder so many people are fond of living and studying here.

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BETH

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Institution: University of Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

One of the most memorable and positive experiences I have had in Canberra is attending the Multicultural Festival every year. This festival celebrates, educates and displays the wonderfully diverse nature of Canberra. So many cultures make up Canberra and it is showcased in this massive festival where there is food, music, dancing, instruments, clothes and more. This festival is a time to celebrate diversity and the many different cultures within Canberra, with not only family and friends but the entire Canberra community. It is always amazing to just stand in the middle of the festival and look at all the different cultures that make up Canberra.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Growing up in Canberra, this is my home. Choosing to study outside of Canberra was an idea that I gave very little thought too. I wanted to attend a university that gave me a great university experience while giving me a world class education. Canberra universities have all these things and more. On top of that Canberra provides a peaceful environment for me to study in, while also having an interesting social life that any student would want to participant in. Staying in Canberra also meant I can stay close to my loved ones while still getting an amazing education.

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CORINDA

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of International Security Studies
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I have had some fantastic experiences outside of the university setting that have allowed me to develop my interests and understanding of International Security. As part of attending the Australian Institute of International Affairs Conference last year, I successfully applied to be a part of the Defence and Security Master class hosted by Richard Smith AO & Professor James Cotton. It was a fantastic intimate group setting where we were able to ask questions and engage in discussion on security issues such as Australia’s role in the South China Sea dispute from prominent individuals.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I chose Canberra as a place to study because it offered me the opportunity to further my interest in global issues by undertaking a degree in International Security. I chose ANU because it offers the unique experience to learn from academics at the top of their field, who have had extensive careers across the region in the National Security and Intelligence Community. I have a particular interest in the relationship between Timor L’este and Australia after attending UN Youth Australia’s Pacific Project in high school. I have been able to further examine this in the context of study in regional security through ANU’s focus on Asia Pacific. Canberra is also a place that allows you to engage with a diverse range of people and languages. I studied Persian in my first year and I’ve continued to study French as a minor throughout my degree.

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DARCY

Country: Australia
Program: Juris Doctor
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Contrary to the popular belief that Canberra is ‘boring’, there are so many fantastic festivals on throughout the year celebrating the diversity and beauty of the city. My favourites would have to be the Multicultural Festival, Enlighten, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and Floriade.

One of my favourite memories of living in Canberra is waking up early during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and walking around Lake Burley Griffin, watching all the hot air balloons rise into the sky at sunrise. It was a beautiful sight that was well worth the early morning!

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

While moving from Sydney to Canberra was small in terms of distance, the difference between cities was initially surprising. Very much a ‘city girl’, I found it bizarre that I could walk around the city without being bumped and I could get a seat on the bus.

I chose to study at ANU as it has a fantastic international reputation as Australia’s top university, producing the country’s most employable graduates. I wanted to study law at a university that allowed me to pursue my interest in international and human rights law, and ANU provided both.

The work and internship opportunities available in Canberra were the main attractions for me. I’ve being fortunate enough to work part time during my studies in international development, a dream of mine that would not have been realised without moving to Canberra.

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EGBERT

Country: China
Program: Master of Social Work
Institution: Australian Catholic University

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

Every day in Canberra is a positive experience for me because of its relaxing environment and the many opportunities to enjoy nature while studying. The fresh air, the parks, lakes, mountains and native animals found in the city, along with accessible public transport have all made Canberra one of the most liveable cities in the world. Friends that I have made throughout university, sport, work and placements are also a part of my memorable experience. I have met people who are dedicated to helping our community, trying to make it welcoming and more accepting for everyone.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

After spending my childhood in Beijing, one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world, I chose to live and study in Canberra because of its calming environment and the presence of leading institutions such as The Australian National University. Canberra also offers a perfect balance between pursuing an academic career and enjoying life in a “country town”. Being the heart of the nation, Canberra hosts some of the biggest social events and festivals throughout the year, like the National Multicultural festival in February and Floriade in September. These events allow people to participate in cultural activities to promote social inclusion among Canberrans. Canberra is a great place to meet linguistically diverse people from a range of cultural backgrounds.

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GEVEEN

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Economics/Finance
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I have had many memorable experiences in Canberra. The most positive one would be the friends and social network I’ve made through school, sport, casual work, university and extra-curricular activities. As Canberra is a diverse and multicultural city there are students from all corners of the world who have unified well to become a vibrant and outgoing community that welcomes new students from all cultures and backgrounds. The Multicultural Festival brings every culture together into one big event and it is a great opportunity to meet new people from different cultures and make friendships that will last a life time.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

As the Australian National University is the best university in Australia for studies in Economics, the choice to study in Canberra was straightforward. Although this was a major influence in my decision, Canberra being a young, vibrant city with opportunities to relax and escape from studies for a period of time was also a significant contributing factor. Additionally, studying in Canberra provides you with the unique opportunity of connecting and engaging with senior government officials, which as a university student, you wouldn’t get anywhere else in Australia. All in all, Canberra is a city that provides you with great balance in order to succeed in academic pursuits plus sports, music, and/or arts endeavours.

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ISABELLE

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Laws/International Relations
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Canberra is a town like no other. It is a city that was specifically planned to cater for the needs of its people. People ‘move’ to Canberra to study and to work. The student life dynamic is so diverse and vibrant that I honestly don’t think I could have gotten this experience from anywhere else. People move to Canberra for their own self-motivated purpose, to learn and gain an experience they feel they wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.

I was prepared for change, prepared to start from zero, not knowing the place, the people or the lifestyle. This applied to everyone else that also moved here. They moved, prepared to be independent, confident enough to make their own way, to grow and get the most out of their time here. Moving to Canberra meant meeting like-minded people who’d also moved away in search of the great things Canberra has to offer, doing their best as they began their own journeys. Surrounding myself by all of these amazing people with positive attitudes, encouraged me to work harder and exceed my own expectations.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

The opportunities available to you in Canberra are endless. To be honest, when I first considered Canberra as a place to study, I didn’t think much of it. But when I really looked into it and considered the incredible environment I would be surrounded by every day, I was sold. It is home to the Australian Parliament; Australia’s number one university (also renowned for my field of study, International Relations); embassies from all over the world; international organisations; and world class academics. It’s simply a place I could see myself calling home. Moving to Canberra meant being closer to all of these great people and places, giving me a real chance to actually become a part of it.

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JENNY

Country: Vietnam
Program: Program Bachelor of Science (Pure Mathematics)
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I remember when I was first year university student and had a part-time job as a tutor. The student’s house was very far away and I wasn’t familiar with the bus system here. One day, when I was late for the bus, I was so scared and ran very fast to the bus stop. The bus driver stopped as she saw me running over and waited for me with the bus doors open. She even smiled at me, remembered my face and asked how I was. Even though I no longer see her driving that bus, it was such a sweet memory reminding me of how nice the people here are. Their smiles brighten up my days and bring me inner happiness. That is why I love this city so much.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I love travelling and exploring new places. After finishing high school in Melbourne, I decided to study at the ANU and move to Canberra so I can experience a different environment and meet new people. I don’t have any relatives or friends here but many friends told me that Canberra is a peaceful place, and that the local people are really friendly and welcome different cultures. Thus, I wanted to give it a try. I used to be very shy and anti-social, but my friends in Canberra were so nice to me and took me around and helped me whenever I needed it. These people are like my second family now. I became a more active, positive and happy person. I am totally in love with Canberra and it is one of my favourite cities in the world. I have no regrets in choosing this place.

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KEZIA

Country: Indonesia
Program: Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Corporate Sustainability Major
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I work as a part time hydro-therapist (it’s a cool word for swimming instructor for people with special needs!) here in Canberra. My workplace is about 20 minutes drive from where I live. One day, when I was driving to work, my tyre was punctured and I had no idea how to change the tyre. One of my students’ parents picked me up, towed my car to work and helped me to change my flat tyre. This experience was only a fraction of the kindness I have received in Canberra. Two takeaways from this experience – Firstly, I am thankful and amazed at how kind people can be. Secondly, I need to learn how to change a tyre!

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Canberra may not be a bustling city like some other destinations within Australia but it definitely provides a better opportunity to develop, with the ability to integrate study, work and other non-academic related activities more easily. For me, university is a crucial time,  as it is a stepping stone to achieving my future goals in life, hence choosing the ideal study destination is very beneficial. As there are minimal distractions in Canberra I am able to focus on my goals while enjoying and experiencing university life as I embark on my journey here. Canberra locals are also some of the most welcoming people within Australia. For these reasons, I chose Canberra as a place for me to further my education. Looking back on my two years here, I am grateful for all the opportunities I have chanced upon, all the new things I have been exposed to and for the friendships forged here in Canberra.

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LUCY

Country: China
Program: Year 12
Institution: Lake Ginninderra College

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Living in Canberra is kind of like a treasure hunt for me because there are always some amazing and wonderful things to surprise you. Tasting the different foods at the Multicultural Festival, learning about new kind flowers at Floriade, meeting new friends and the daily chats, and having an awesome balloon ride at the Balloon Spectacular, are just a small part of my adventure. I also had, for the first time, a BBQ with my friends at Lake Ginninderra. Canberra teaches me that it is not only KTV, restaurants and amusement parks that are the only places for building relationships with people but also while enjoying nature and playing sport together.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

After one year of studying in Canberra I now understand why my mother chose this unique city for me—my mum is a genius! Canberra has its own attractive advantages you need to discover. It provides peaceful and comforting surrounding and natural environment without too many temptations and distractions, which ensures that I can fully focus my attention to my study and healthy lifestyle. I am motivated by the university system (ATAR). It helps me build independent learning and develop good consistent study habits, which will probably improve the rest of my working life. The arrangements in homestay helped me a lot for my new fresh start in Canberra. This friendly and multicultural country means there are many people would like to help you and support you to fit into new circumstances with study, life and work. This is a city you can come to with no regrets at all.

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MACKENZIE

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Science
Institution: Australian National University

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

On quiet weekends mid-semester when the weight of impending assessments and exams all seems a bit much, I love getting down to the Reading Room at the National Library of Australia. There’s something inspiring about studying in such an iconic building with beautiful high ceilings and a wealth of history attached to it. If all else fails, it's a great way to daydream over views of the lake for a few hours. When I’m feeling a bit more adventurous or desperate perhaps, I might keep going down to Kingston Foreshore and grab a coffee. It’s nice to be within riding distance of these kinds of spaces from the ANU and helps to keep you grounded.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Coming from regional NSW, Canberra seemed a natural fit—just a country town at heart with an abundance of clean air and open space. I’d visited Canberra in the past and immediately felt a sense of familiarity and comfort, something that was missing from urban centres along the east coast. There are so many unknowns when you leave school and move out of home, so to feel an immediate affinity with a place is reassuring. To study so close to flowing waterways, mountain ranges and the country’s political institutions seemed a real luxury in respect to my particular degree as well. Great cycling facilities, a growing foodie scene and some quaint live music venues really sealed the deal.

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PRAVEEN

Country: India
Program: Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Institution: University of New South Wales, Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

People of Canberra are very friendly. On my first day in Canberra, I took a bus from my university and had no student ID. When I boarded the bus I told the driver that I am a student who just joined today but do not have any student ID for which he laughed and said “its OK mate, here is your student ticket”. I have been having a good experience in Canberra since my first day. Canberra is the ideal place for students as it is easy to focus on the studies without much distraction. It is a peaceful, clean and beautiful city to be studying.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I always wanted to study in the capital of Australia. I chose Canberra over Sydney as the research facilities for my research topic and the research faculties were all in Canberra. I am happy that I chose Canberra.

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PRISCA

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Political Science
Institution: Australian National University

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

I love studying in Canberra because I find that the whole place is very conducive to a great study environment. This is because it is generally a quiet and peaceful place. Moreover, Canberra is a beautiful city.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

After deciding that I wanted to study law and political science, I knew that I had to study in Canberra, particularly at The Australian National University. I wanted to have the best education that I could get, and I knew that I could get that here. As the political and legal hub of our country, all of the institutions that relate to my degrees—the legislature, judiciary and executive—are all at my doorstep! I find it so incredible to be amongst all of that. I knew that in coming here I would be afforded many opportunities that I would not if I had studied anywhere else and I am so happy that I made the move.

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QUEEN

Country: Nigeria/Australia
Program: Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Institution: Australian Catholic University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I remember the very first time I had to catch a bus here, still being considerably new; I was quite lost on how the bus network ran. So, as it can be imagined, there I was, at the wrong platform waiting for the bus and wondering why 20 minutes later, the bus had still not arrived. Until, a nice fellow showed up after seeing how confused I had looked after I had noticed how “late” the bus was and then kindly directed me to the right platform. This was such a positive experience that I know I’ll remember the moment for many more years to come.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I chose to study in Canberra not just to be close to my family but also because of the range of opportunities and accessibility this city gave. When thinking of studying somewhere there’s a certain checklist we all have. For me, Canberra ticked every box in my checklist - open, safe, friendly, small but big, quiet but busy, fresh clean air, serious but also with opportunities for relaxation and fun. The fact that it doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to get to your destination in any part of Canberra was quite appealing. In comparison to Sydney (where I moved from) it would have taken over an hour to get to my University of choice.

In terms of working whilst studying full-time, Canberra has a huge selection of employment vacancies that suits the needs of students, therefore earning an income to aid in the university lifestyle was not a problem for me. Overall, Canberra was simply the right choice.

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RALPH

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Finance
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Every year Canberra is filled with exciting events that showcase the unique culture of this city. It is in these events that I see how much this city cares for the entertainment of its people. It shows a sense of community within the city and I see how everyone is able to harmoniously enjoy the company of all cultures and people of differing backgrounds; from Floriade, to the Balloon Spectacular and Enlighten Canberra. These events highlight the radiant city scene and also the beautiful story of this land. I am always so excited to attend these events as I know they only get better every year.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Canberra perfectly encapsulates the essence of Australia. It is an exceptional mix of cultures from every corner of the world while being situated in an incredibly Australian setting. Being the nation’s capital, its focus on international diplomacy is what made it a very attractive city for me to study in. Situated in the midst of national leaders and embassies, I am immersed in a world of opportunity; being able to be in touch with the world. I also found beauty in its bushland character, its landscape being filled with the unique flora and fauna of this country. Even more importantly, I found beauty in the people. Everyone is so respectful and welcoming, always eager to listen to anyone’s story. Lastly, it is a very liveable city. Studying here allows me to unwind in the green, clean and quiet surroundings after the busy days I spend in University. Not only am I enjoying my time studying here but also able to enjoy the magnificence of Australia.

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REENU

Country: Thailand
Program: Advanced Diploma in Hospitality
Institution: Canberra Institute of Technology

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I encountered Oz Harvest at an event in Bangkok and was gratified on how the organisation collected surplus food from all types of food providers from supermarkets, catering companies to hotels and provided this to charities. Being born and brought up in Thailand and having lived in UK for 4 years, this was the first time I had come across this type of organization. Oz Harvest is the only food rescue organisation in Australia and with the good initiative I joined the company as a volunteer as soon as I came to Canberra. It has been a very fascinating experience for me. It felt good to feed the needy people and this promotes kindness. I have made good friends by joining and have had the opportunity to grow my network by volunteering. I hope there will be more companies like this in other countries. I hope other students get inspired by joining these organisations. There are so many organisations you can volunteer for like Welcome Dinner Projects, The Salvation Army, Colour Run and Multicultural Festival and more. It’s a good way to meet a range of people from diverse cultures. I really enjoyed doing this and I see myself working for a non-profit organization in the future.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

The first time I travelled to Australia I visited Canberra, together with Sydney and Melbourne. All my friends were baffled as to why I would want to visit this city as it is not a very “famous” place. I saw a huge difference between the cities and was enthralled by Canberra as it is a true city in a park, offering a mix of experiences for current citizens, students and visitors as well.

Canberra offers many unique activities; like hot air balloons, vineyards near Yass Valley, discovering food & desserts (famous freakshakes!!) and great coffee spots. This world class city is rich in history, surrounded by beautiful nature, and offers many relaxing gardens and vineyards. It’s a place to discover Australia’s history and heritage, democracy and way of life. It is a very multi-cultural place; there are students from different countries who come to study here as it provides an excellent education system. The security is outstanding and public areas are very well protected. I feel very safe and at home here. Be it a sunrise at Mt. Ainslie, sunset at Lake Burley Griffin or a night out in the city alone or with friends, you may find yourself involving in many attractions and festivals.

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