Patrick is reading Asia-Pacific Studies/Law at Australian National University (ANU)
“Arriving in the heat of Orientation week, I vividly remember Union Court as a kaleidoscope of activities run by an exciting mix of student societies. I realised that the culture of university was different to anything I had experienced before, with events ranging from the Law Students Society’s Pre-Toga party to Tuesday night debates and even Frisbee championships,” says Patrick. Prior to coming to ANU, Patrick had spent time in China, working and studying, so the choice of a degree in Asian Studies (Chinese) felt right. Not that he didn’t research his choice of teaching institution. “After speaking with different universities, it was clear that ANU was the best place for a degree in Asian studies, with a world-renowned teaching staff and excellent exchange opportunities,” he said. “I was also interested in international law and relations with China. The ANU College of Law’s reputation for providing outstanding international and constitutional law courses made ANU an attractive choice”.
Patrick’s advice for getting the most out of studying at ANU is to get involved. “I’ve enjoyed advocating the interests of students and organising public lectures relating to contemporary issues in Asian studies. Through playing sport and making the most of the social events run throughout the University, I have enjoyed meeting a range of interesting people from different backgrounds. Although views will vary, for me being an ANU student means graduating with an international perspective, lifelong friendships and a strong foundation of knowledge and research skills to assist you in your post-university experiences.”