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Graduating students reflect on their time at CBE

Graduating students reflect on their time at CBE

15 July 2016

We took some time-out to chat to some of our incredible graduating students, to ask them about their time at CBE and their thoughts on the future.

Name: Abdalla Ensour
Country of birth: Jordan
Graduating from: Masters of Business Information Systems

Having spent his formative years growing in Canberra as the son of a diplomat, Abdalla was already familiar with the name “ANU” by the time he commenced his postgraduate studies.

Like many others, it was the Australian National University's reputation as one of the top universities in the world, as well as CBE’s specialised program in Business Information Systems, that led Abdalla to study at CBE.

“The highlight at CBE is that you learn to think differently,” says Abdalla.

He explains that programs are structured in a way “…that broadens and expands the way you think and analyse things,” and helps you to consider a different perspective on the world.

Abdalla doesn’t hesitate for a second when asked about his biggest achievement. “This semester I finally managed to get all four HDs. I’ve been trying for the past two years!”

After taking a short, but well-deserved break, Abdalla plans to concentrate on preparing for his career.

“It’s very hard to pick what career you want,” he says. “You need to look at jobs and what career path they take you to.”

Abdalla predicts that having a Masters from ANU’s CBE under his belt will open up a lot of options for him around the world.

“It’s the 19th ranked university around the world so that gives you the advantage over other students who are from other universities,” he says.

Abdalla remembers when he started his studies. “It’s scary and it’s chaotic, and everything is like your studying in the middle of a tornado. But it will figure itself out eventually. Everything will work out.”

Abdalla gratefully recalls the help he received from CBE’s academic staff, who provided him with the one-on-one guidance he needed to achieve his goals.

Name: Alice Wisse
Country of Birth: Australia
Graduating from: Bachelor of Economics

Graduating CBE Student Ambassador, Alice Wisse, enjoyed economics at school, so choosing a university with a strong economics focus was a priority for her when matriculating.

“ANU is renowned for having an excellent Research School of Economics,” she said.

Alice was also impressed by the small class sizes, which allow for more direct consultation between teachers and students. What’s more, Alice says that “Canberra seemed like an easy option for living, especially since I came from a small country town.”

In addition to her studies, Alice says that living on campus at Burton and Garran Hall “has by far been the highlight of my university experience.” As well as making some great friends, Alice got to experience the incredible social and cultural life that ANU has on offer.

When it comes to achievements, Alice is no slouch. She has placed first in two economic history courses, and in 2014 she was awarded a Mitchell Scholarship.

After spending the past nine months interning in the public service, Alice now plans to take six months off to travel before starting work in 2017 at a Canberra consulting firm. Further studies are also on the radar, as Alice sets her sights on enrolling in a Masters in History sometime in the future.

To future students, Alice offers the following advice:

“Choose something to study for the love of it and not just to get a job at the end. If you feel like you’re not enjoying what you’re studying branch out and try something new. Balance your studies with extracurricular and social activities and make the most of the opportunities the CBE has to offer … as well as ANU in general, whether that be a student society, exchange program or social event. It’s a cliché but enjoy your university years because they’re the best time of your life!”

Name: Xun Chun Tee
Country of birth: Malaysia
Graduating from: Bachelor of Actuarial Studies

Taking nothing for granted, Xun Chun undertook considerable research before deciding to enrol at CBE, and says that it was CBE’s reputation, its focus on research and the particular insights offered into the field of actuarial studies that eventually drew him to ANU.

Looking back as a new graduate, Xun Chun also comments on how this particular degree allowed him the opportunity to immerse himself in his studies, providing a very practical perspective on his education, beyond books.

Xun Chun is passionately complimentary of the academic staff at CBE. “They are not just wanting to get their lectures done as soon as possible,” he says. “They are always accessible.”

“They have so much experience in teaching but also in industry, so I think talking to them makes me learn a lot faster.”

Xun Chun has landed himself a job in Amsterdam, starting in early September, in proprietary trading. It will be his first trip to Amsterdam!

On his advice to current students, he says:

“Don’t try to skip lectures. Utilise the teaching resources … That one hour counts more than 10 hours of private studies.”

To see more photos from the July Graduation, view the album on our Facebook page.

Updated:   2 March 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team