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Alice Wisse, Bachelor of Economics

Alice Wisse

Bachelor of Economics

Alice Wisse uses her analytical and mathematical skills studying a Bachelor of Economics.

The smaller class sizes at ANU have allowed her to learn directly from the researches in her field, and to find a group of friends who share her interests.

What are you studying, and why did you choose this degree?

I’m studying a Bachelor of Economics. I first studied Economics at school and fell in love with it, because it offers a great mix of reasoning, analytical and mathematical skills. I also believe it can be applied in almost any field. As a single degree I’m able to take more electives, complementing my economics with study of other disciplines.

How are you finding your studies so far?

Studying Economics at uni is all about delving into the discipline and understanding the theories and models that underpin an economist’s view of the world. Essentially, you learn how to think like an economist, which is a great tool for problem solving and analysing broader issues.

My studies so far have incorporated a great mix of different skills. Economics requires econometric and statistical skills, but also has courses that are more theory based. I’ve especially enjoyed studying economic history, and am currently undertaking a graduate-level course in economic policy issues.

What is the best thing about studying at ANU?

The Research School of Economics here is one of the best in Australia. I’ve been taught by some outstanding academics and even though it’s challenging, I’ve learnt so much about the economics discipline.

I especially love the small class sizes. In many of my later year courses my lecturer has been my tutor and because the classes are so small, I’ve made a great group of like-minded friends, many of whom I’ve known since my first year.

ANU also has some unique opportunities, such as the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP), where students can intern for a semester at a national institution, to create a research paper. I’m taking ANIP as an elective in Semester 1 2016, and hopefully interning with an MP at Parliament House.

What are your career goals?

At this stage I think I’d like to pursue public policy. The advantage of living in Canberra is the many wonderful places for work experience. I’m undertaking the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s Summer Vacation Program this holidays, so I’ll get a taste of how to apply economics in the workplace. 

Do you live on campus? If so, how do you find this experience?

I live at Burton and Garran Hall (B&G), which has been by far the best experience of my time at university. Living with 500 other residents, I’ve met people from all over the world as we have a large population of international and exchange students. There are so many social activities and Interhall sports and arts competitions to participate in, ranging from debating and choir, to softball and hockey. Living at college is especially helpful in transitioning from living at home, as there is a huge support network, and a great opportunity to meet like-minded friends for life. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of your study? Are you involved in any sports, societies or student clubs?

Living at college I have a fabulous inbuilt social community around me. When I’m not studying, I mostly relax with my friends and explore Canberra and the national parks around it. I’ve also been involved in college sport, having played softball and soccer this year. 

What is your favourite thing about Canberra?

Coming from a small country town I love the friendliness of Canberra. Almost every time I go shopping I run into people I know! At the same time Canberra has many of the services and facilities of a larger city like Melbourne or Sydney. I’ve found Canberra a really safe and supportive place to live away from home for the first time.

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