Wanting to further develop her interest in computer science at the top university in Australia, Shuman transferred to ANU from Shandong University in China to study the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours).
Before commencing her degree, Shuman knew about the quality of academics and research at ANU. Once she started, she also discovered that the undergraduate courses were just as highly regarded.
“There are a great amount of great undergraduate courses that I have enjoyed and that have taught me a lot. The courses at ANU are not just about teaching you theories, but also preparing you in a way so you can use what you’ve learnt in the real world”
The research projects incorporated into Advanced Computing degree mean there’s always a real-world focus to her degree.
“I’ve had the opportunity to do an individual project with a supervisor who has strong research skills and an academic background.”
Shuman says that the small class sizes and group work ensures students are involved and engaged in their studies. Outside of the classroom there were many helpful resources available to her too, in particular the Computer Science Common Room where she made friends, and sought help from others on her studies.
New friends and good supervisors have helped with the transition from China to Canberra, and Shuman is enjoying her student experience at ANU.
“Canberra is a peaceful town with friendly people, and there are always lots of events happening.”
“It is quite different from what I expected, but I’ve learnt an incredible amount of new things here that I can’t learn in China. I’ve made lots of good friends, really genuine friends, who help me if I’m ever feeling homesick.”
Shuman recommends new students to Canberra go for a bike ride around the lake and take in views of the city from a mountain summit.
Once she has completed her undergraduate degree, Shuman plans to pursue a master’s degree at ANU.