A Day in the Life: University of Queensland Student

A Day in the Life: University of Queensland Student

August 26, 2019 20 By Stanley Isaacs


(bouncy music) – My name is Lulu Nkwanzi. I am an international student from Zambia at The University of Queensland. My degree is commerce and
law and I’m in my third year. (bouncy music) So this is my office. I am the 2018 International
Student Officer for the university’s union. And the student union is just a body that, a representational body for students. So my role is to advocate for students, international students in particular and just be the voice for them on campus when it comes to issues and
problems that they may face. This semester I’m currently working on a project called speak
out where we are trying to increase the international student representation on campus. So international students struggle with so many different
issues and we trying to understand those from their perspective and then get them to
directly tell stakeholders on campus like the staff members, the vice chancellors and yes just increase the international
representation on campus. (bouncy music) So this is the main refractory where you have all the food places or where you see all your familiar faces because you know, all your
friends might not take the same courses as you, so we all kind of meet
here and hang out and eat. And the other great thing
is the Union provides or has a store here for food and that’s where you get
like to cheapest fries, the cheapest chicken
and anything on campus you kind of get it from here. (bouncy music) (mumbles) lakes, where a lot of students just come to hang out again, it’s one of those quiet spots in uni and campus except with
all the animals around. There’s ducks, there’s turtles and sometimes people see eels in the water but yeah, it’s a great spot. (bouncy music) There so many opportunities
to grow on campus if you’re into
entrepreneurship, like I am. There’s behind me the Ilab where you get support for your idea or business project and
you get to understand kind of all the nitty gritties you have to get through to run a business. (bouncy music) This is the law library where all the law classes happen and also has great study
spots for students. It’s one the most popular
libraries on campus currently because it recently got renovated. (bouncy music) What I love about my course is we don’t always have
the big lecture styles. We branch off to smaller classes and we have seminars, sometimes
that we do reflections that are handwritten and I
love to do those sometimes because you’re going off reading about the topic you’ve never heard about before and then you know you come back to have an in-depth discussion with other students and lecturers that had
maybe a very different perspective from you
and I feel I learn more by that than just getting
the textbook knowledge and doing homework, it’s
more hands-on and practical. And the other side of things is the facilities like the computer rooms and just the libraries, they’re amazing facilities
that I always use. I once took this course
called law and society and it was one of the
best courses I’ve taken as a first year course
because we really explored what it meant to be a lawyer
and the different angles, the different approaches that we argue cases or
argue just in general. We also explored what kind of lawyer you’d want to be in the future. So it was really really
interesting to know that there isn’t just that one stereotype or one I guess career paths
that you could go into. So that we had a whole
course that talked to us and just helped us explore
that different side of the whole course in general program. (bouncy music) I think perfectly suited
for somebody that is passionate about advocacy
as well as business. I like to describe myself as
a business oriented advocate. So as much as I love the law, I don’t always picture
myself in the future going to court and arguing cases. I also, I’m very interested
in passionate about business. And in my career, my future I’m hoping to get into consultancy. So as a business oriented advocate, I’d have the benefit of knowing the law and in the training that we do, we’re always trained to think differently and look at just not one road
that’s maybe the obvious one. We’re always told to think
about the other side, think about the alternatives. And at the same time with
the commerce side of things, it’s interesting because
you get a hands-on approach with business information systems, with technology side of things, accounting and financing, investing. So, again I describe that my course is perfectly suited for somebody that is passionate about both
business and advocacy. And maybe not law itself but advocacy just wanting to be a voice for people that don’t have a voice or wanting to really push
an idea or a business. I think this course is perfectly
suited for that person. My advice is to I guess focus more or be prepared for second year. So in the first year of university everybody is excited because you know, you’ve done your research,
you’ve done your homework about what the course
would really be about. So even when you’re going and taking those foundation classes, you’re like oh yes I’ve heard about this, oh I know a bit about this. But in that second year
you start to really know the difference between
you being in that course and somebody that has no
idea about the course. And that transition is a big challenge. So my advice is to look out for that year because it could really throw you off if you continue to assume that you know, your research is everything
that the program is about. The course is pretty long
and it gets pretty detailed. So my advice is to stay on top of things and not to relax just
after your first year you feel like, I’ve heard about this I’m familiar about this. It gets a bit more
challenging as you go on but it’s still manageable
if you’re ready for it. (bouncy music) So if you like this video
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