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Chengyu Wang describes her experience at ANU as an adventure.
At the end of her secondary schooling in China she decided she wanted to follow her passion for Asian studies and Chinese translation. She began searching for a university that would give her the freedom to explore a large range of subjects.
She had heard positive feedback about ANU from Chinese alumni, and was aware of the university’s excellent reputation. When she learned that ANU admitted students on basis of their results in the Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Exam (Gao Kao), she knew that it would be the perfect fit.
‘Compared to me choosing ANU, I would rather say that ANU chose me,’ Chengyu says.
Although she is confident that she made the right choice, her experience wasn’t always an easy one. She recalls struggling with the language barrier, culture shock and homesickness in her first semester.
But as Chengyu built support networks among her fellow students, teachers and ANU staff, she began to feel at home on campus and built up her confidence and skills. She became a high-performing student who impressed her lecturers in the School of Culture, History and Language.
Chengyu is appreciative of the diversity on the ANU campus, which has enabled her to meet staff and students from across the globe. ‘Simply talking to them could be a gateway to know about another world,’ she said.
She nominates the teaching staff in CHL as a highlight of her experience. ‘They are always professional, knowledgeable in their area, patient, responsible, supportive and teach in their own interesting way.’
She was especially inspired by sinologist Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig, who she describes as an ‘awesome teacher.’
Now that she is graduating, Chengyu is ready for the next adventure. She will be pursuing postgraduate studies in translation in Melbourne.
‘I am excited to start something new, just like that day I came to Canberra and ANU.’