When I was 16 years old, I knew that I wanted to be a student at ANU. A year later, I was fortunate enough to visit the campus and I was reassured that I did want to be part of the ANU community. After two years, my dreams came true and I was accepted into ANU.
I told myself to not hold back from any opportunity that came my way when I first moved to Canberra. I was unsure whether I had enrolled in the right course or if moving away from home was the best idea. Despite my insecurities, I kept my head held high and continuously reassured myself that I would be alright. Before attending university, I was always told the cliché that I would be able to find myself by experiencing new things throughout my university years. Being a person that likes to prove others wrong, that cliché couldn’t have been more right. I can definitely attest that I have been able to find my passions and my true self, through my journey at ANU.
Being a Politics and International Affairs student, I have been educated on many human rights issues and the inner workings of politics in various countries. Attending lectures and discussing various atrocities that take place in different countries has made me acutely aware of the lack of opportunities many individuals around the world face.
In addition to studying, I have participated in various clubs and societies at ANU, including AIESEC and the International Relations Society. Through AIESEC, I was given the opportunity to develop purposeful leadership and volunteered to educate in Mexico. There, I taught English to university students and young working adults. With the International Relations Society, I learned about how inclusive ANU is with its international community.
The amalgamation of being educated by world-renowned lecturers and the non-academic opportunities available at ANU has allowed me to develop a passion for helping individuals who are not given the same opportunities as I am. This inspired the creation of my company. It aims to develop and aid young adults wanting to develop confidence in speaking English. The emphasis on confident communication in my business allows me to concentrate on individuals who do not feel like they are able to be confident English speakers in a social and professional environment.
ANU gave me the confidence to start something of my own, as I am exposed to an institution that not only provides me, but students from all around the world to further pursue our dreams and passions. I will forever be proud to say that I am a part of the ANU community.