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Kathy Jiang graduation story

Masters of Commerce graduate: ANU opens doors

17 July 2017

Xuejun (Kathy) Jiang was thrilled to graduate last week with a Master of Commerce. This is her second turn at donning the graduand’s cap and robe at ANU, having completed her Master of Professional Accounting in July last year.

She came to Canberra from Hubei province in China, and says she chose ANU because of its international reputation and ranking as Australia’s top university.

“I really enjoy studying at ANU, I think that it has a multicultural environment. Most importantly, it has a culture of sharing. People like to help each other and share their ideas.”

“During the past two years I have learnt a lot. At the very beginning, it was very challenging because the lectures focus on critical thinking and creative ability. I needed to take responsibility for my own learning, manage my workload and complete assignments to strict deadlines – this requires self-motivation and dedication.”

“I explored what I want to do, what I am good at. I never lost heart if I received a lower mark than my expectation. I asked for help when I needed it and discussed academic issues with tutors and lecturers.

“I am proud of my academic achievement. University is a very rewarding, yet also quite a challenging experience as it takes much time and effort.”

Over the course of this year Kathy has worked as a research assistant within the Research School of Accounting, as well as taking on a tutoring role, teaching Contemporary Issues in Accounting.

“These jobs give me a lot of chances to develop my research skills, to practice my oral English skills and also deal with people from different backgrounds. Through studying, I pursue knowledge in accounting. Through teaching, I share my knowledge with my students and also learnt a lot from my students too. Through research work, I explore a new area of interest.”

Kathy is now continuing on with her research assistant role, and is considering applying to do a PhD and pursuing an academic career.

“As you can see, ANU opens many doors for me, and shows me the possibilities of what I can become.”

When asked what advice she would offer to new students at ANU, she emphasises the importance of developing an independent learning style, and building good time management skills.

“In order to take control of your own studies, developing an independent learning style is essential at university. Try to take a look at self-study resources on the internet relating to note taking, attending lectures, finishing assignments and writing essays to get a feel of what may be required before you start the semester.”

She says it’s also a great time to learn about the different cultures of your fellow students, and for those who aren’t native English speakers, to improve their language skills.
“It is important to learn language skills to communicate with others. Universities are diverse places with people from all sorts of backgrounds. Learning about different cultures and how to get on with people from different backgrounds is important.”

“I hope all the new students take advantage of every opportunity, and enjoy their degrees as much as possible because it goes by very quickly.”

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