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Grace Archer, Bachelor of Commerce

Grace Archer

Bachelor of Commerce

Grace is studying a Bachelor of Commerce (with majors in both Marketing and International Business) at ANU.

Why did you choose ANU?

Sitting in front of a UAC application, deciding which degree to place first on the list, was possibly one of the most intense and stressful moments of my life!

It felt as though I was defining my future. I was really scared. But, I believe placing the Bachelor of Commerce at ANU first was the best decision I could have made. 

Almost every day I discover more reasons to love my degree. But thinking big-picture, there are three aspects that I think really set it apart. Three aspects that make it great for me now, as well as great for my future.

1. Expertise and knowledge of lecturers (brilliant blend of theoretical and practical knowledge)

The study of commerce, from accounting to marketing, is essentially the study of business - the way they function, act and react. Although these concepts can be framed theoretically, it’s the blending of cutting-edge ANU research with the personal real-world experience of the lecturers that sets the Bachelor of Commerce at the ANU apart.

ANU is a research university, something that we feel the benefits of, even at an undergraduate level. Our lecturers are actively engaged in research meaning that we are exposed to theories and developments in the business world that others studying the degree elsewhere may miss out on.

Furthermore, almost all of the lecturers have personal experiences working in industry, and all are engaged with the current applications of their discipline’s research. These unique insights are particularly valuable when studying commerce as it can help connect something theoretical to something dynamic that is occurring around us every day.

2. The skills gained through a commerce degree are practical in nature, allowing students to connect academia with things and experiences from the real world

You can literally see commerce occurring all around you. Something as simple as a logo on a bag or as complicated as economic theories - it all falls under the incredibly broad ‘commerce’ umbrella. Whether you're reading an academic paper or a newspaper, the skills you gain in a Bachelor of Commerce are forever present and always relevant.

It gives you an incredibly interesting perspective on the world around you. I now understand why inflation is important, why certain products are placed at my eyelevel in supermarkets and the underpinnings of the international stock market.

Throughout my commerce degree I have also come to realise that even with your major (or in my case, two majors) there is so much flexibility. Studying commerce isn’t just about narrowly focusing on one part of business, it's about looking at all aspects of life and understanding them in new ways. There are subjects that you can take within commerce that cover such diverse topics - from sustainability to the history of Asian business.

3. A Bachelor of Commerce sets you up for a lifetime of learning

Clearly, not every commercial theory or trend can be covered in a three year course but I believe that the foundation of commerce and its mix of academic and practical skills set you up for a lifetime of learning - both in academia and in industry.

I believe that the skills that a Bachelor of Commerce offer are valuable skills for life. As I am discovering now, in my penultimate year of study, there are so many different paths that you can take with a commerce degree.

Looking back on your decision, do you have any regrets?

When I finished the UAC form, and chose the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) I was so nervous I wasn’t sure if it was the right decision. But over the past two years I have come to realise I could not have made a better choice. I am incredibly enthusiastic about my degree and have had an extremely positive experience throughout my time studying. I can’t wait to see where it takes me!

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