Being an international student is a once in a lifetime experience and to make the most of it you’ve got to get involved!
One ACU student, Krishna Rauniyar is making sure he ticks all the boxes for his Australian study experience, from studying and working at the university to studying the Core in Rome.
Krishna came to Australia and began studying a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance in 2016.
Being an international student…
Krishna says that with students hailing from every continent on the planet, ACU is a “cosmopolitan of multicultural presence”.
“I have friends from Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, the US and Belgium and all of them agree that life as an international student in ACU is astounding.”
“They love the teaching methodologies used in classes and a small student to teacher ratio which provides them with better opportunities to interact with the tutors.”
He says that outside class as, he enjoys relaxing in the courtyard and talking to people.
“If anyone is having any trouble, I have really found ACU staff being as supportive as they can during student hardships which I admire a lot.”
Studying in Rome…
He says his time in Rome studying the core was one of the best experiences he has had in his life.
“I love travelling, and when I found out about the short-term study program to study one unit of my course in Rome, I grabbed it by both hands,” he says.
“Rome is just a breathtakingly ravishing city, rich in history and architecture. We were studying Justice and Community and volunteered with the local organisations as well.
“The entire experience was very rewarding and at the end, I found myself having deep respect for all the hardships I saw but also having huge appreciation for the beauty of how the country embraces its people and its culture.”
Working on campus…
Krishna also took up a job as the Student Enrichment Assistant at the North Sydney campus under the Office of Student Success via Student Jobs on Campus.
He was inspired by another student who held the role when he started university, Sophia Andres, to apply for the role.
“When we were new, she would come and talk to us and make us feel included. Her vibrancy and positivity was contagious. She was wonderful at her job and organised some of the best events I have seen at the university.”
“I wanted to be the positive energy around the university and work with the university to create a mesmerising experience for all students. Therefore, when the opportunity to apply for the position came along, I applied without hesitation.”
Krishna says he assists in liaising with clubs and societies of the university and also coordinates organisation of university events throughout the year.
“In addition to that, we highly focus on organising and conducting Orientation Programs and Open Days for incoming and prospective students.”
He says that engaging with students, meeting new people and having a new experience each day are the best parts about his job.
“My job lets me go out and about and talk to students. In addition to that, while organising the many events for my department, I also get to see and meet delegates from other campuses as well,” Krishna says.
Advice for prospective or incoming international students…
“I always tell my family and friends that studying here in Australian experience has been really rewarding, not only because I get to study in a good university, but because moving and living in a new country with all the hardships, work experiences etc. helps a person grow and lets them see life in a whole new perspective where you can respect the hardships and problems others are going through.”
He says a piece of advice he would give is to do your research.
“Living in Australia is not just what it seems in the movies, and therefore it’s necessary that students coming here should research properly about their university, the place they are going to live, their course and job prospects. Being prepared and having all the information you may need will be helpful in the long run.”
How would you describe ACU to your friends and family back home? Why would you recommend it?
I describe ACU as simply a blissful experience. The fact that I get to study a course that I love in the best university possible is more than what I would have hoped for. ACU is already providing me with the guidance and opportunities I need to advance in my career and I am so thankful for that. I would definitely recommend it to everyone who wishes to study here.