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Turnitin and my time at ANU

12 July 2019

6 minutes read


Having lived her uni-life to the fullest, including travelling the world on scholarships, international internships and cycling around Canberra in gangs to get pizza, Isabella Chan reflects on some of her highlights as an undergraduate at ANU.  


First year was all about finding my feet

Year 1

Spent the year doing musicals and battle of the bands, cycling around in gangs to get pizza or coffee.

After High School, I took a gap year to work as a teacher’s aide in my local primary school and at my parents’ restaurant. Subsequently, I decided to study Economics and International Relations at ANU. Moving from my small country town in regional Victoria (Bairnsdale) to Australia’s “biggest country town” Canberra.

I made my nest in Fenner Hall (then on Northbourne Ave) and spent the year immersing myself in all the fruits my uni-life had to bear – like doing musicals and battle of the bands, cycling around in gangs to get pizza or coffee. Even visiting the farmers market to find plants to decorate my dorm room. I’m really grateful for my first year at Fenner Hall where I found my best pals, a home and a huge network that I still cross paths with, all around the world.

 

By second year I’d found my feet and was now finding my groove

Our courses required us to work with real life businesses and I was also able to unleash a creative edge for business.

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I was pursuing a flexible double degree, which meant that I could delve into introduction courses of other subject areas. Hence, I chose courses that sounded interesting to me, like Marketing and Chinese Language and ended up loving what I learnt. Courses such as International Marketing and Strategic Marketing required us to work with real life businesses and I was also able to unleash a creative edge for business.

Meanwhile at Fenner Hall, I took up the Social Master position running the social calendar for over 500 residents. It was tough but so much fun. Getting involved in student associations was an accessible way to gain some professional experience. As an Australian born Chinese, I loved getting in touch with my culture through my degree and even joined a student society where I did marketing for the Australia-China Youth Association.

 

In third year, it was full steam ahead

Year 3

The support of the program and supervisors ensured that I had an eye opening and fulfilling experience.

Having had a taste of various introductory courses, I was able to decide on Marketing and Chinese Language as my majors. This included applying for the CBE Internship Program where I got a placement in the ANU Marketing Office. I was part of the Intelligence team and worked with the branding and design team. It was my first step into the professional setting and the support of the program and supervisors ensured that I had an eye opening and fulfilling experience. It was here that I was inspired to pursue a career in marketing. Later that year, my performance in the program resulted in a marketing opportunity at the International Centre for Complex Project Management.

In addition, the other big highlight of the year was to participate in the Global Business Immersion study tour to San Francisco on sustainability. We visited Silicon Valley, the Googleplex, UCLA Berkley, HP and many more places. On this trip, I celebrated my birthday at the Yosemite National Park with a side trip to New York, Los Angeles and Oregon.

 

With the travel bug caught, fourth year was all about Asia

I could travel with my degree I was totally immersed in the vibrance, rapidity and zest of the Chinese market and business environment.

Year 4

Having worked half the year in Communications and as a student ambassador at the ANU College of Business and Economics, I learnt a lot in my field and gained a multitude of experience across different tasks and responsibilities. My degree allowed me to travel, so in Semester 2 I went on exchange to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as I wanted to learn more about Chinese businesses and culture first hand.  

In my eight months in Hong Kong and China, I interned at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong where I continued to be employed throughout my time studying. In the midst of all this, I was also granted a spot in Fudan University’s ‘Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation in China’ summer course in Shanghai.

I was totally immersed in the vibrance, rapidity and zest of the Chinese market and business environment, and couldn’t help but feel a longing to better connect this with back home in Australia. I fell more in love amongst a lot of fun in the modern Chinese cities, with my time in Asia leading me to solidify some goals at the nearing end of my degree - exerting my efforts to: advance Australia-China relations, to work in Hong Kong, and work in a creative or research marketing agency.

I’m also very grateful for the scholarships that were accessible and awarded to me. I was the recipient of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, CBE travel GrantEndeavour Cheung Kung Scholarship and CASS Ethel Tory Scholarship, which altogether encouraged me and Australia’s connection to our neighbours in Asia.

 

Back in the beauty of Canberra

Year 5

Life is like a buffet, just try anything because these experiences will shape your appetite

Now in 2019, I only had two subjects left to complete in semester one whilst I worked part time and enjoyed being back with my friends in the natural beauty and laid back Canberran lifestyle.

I’d encourage students not to put too much pressure on where you’ll end up, but focus on the things you can do right now – life is like a buffet, just try anything you can see right in front of you – because these are the experiences that will shape your appetite and grow your horizons.

Stay hungry and always take extra time for yourself, especially to see the world, and make the most of the immensely vast and accessible opportunities the university has on offer.  


The ANU College of Business and Economics offers an extensive range of specialised programs in Economics. Click here for more details.


All pictures in the story were provided by Isabella Chan.

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