Program: PhD in Oceanography
Institute: The University of New South Wales (Canberra)
Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1) Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?
My choice of Canberra as a place to study was driven by chance. Both my boyfriend and I were looking for PhD opportunities; we wanted to find a city where we could both continue to study in our fields while being able to live together after few years of long distance relationship. My Masters supervisor in Italy proposed I come to UNSW Canberra for a couple of months when I was working on my thesis – while I was here I met my current supervisor and my research group. Then, by chance, my boyfriend found a position for a PhD on an interesting project for him at the same university: we decided that he would apply and I would ask my supervisor for PhD opportunities in the group. It all worked out! We both obtained a scholarship and we started our PhDs together. Here we both have the opportunity to work with top level research groups in our fields while living in a city we both like very much.
2) Why do you love studying in Canberra?
The most important reason why I love living in Canberra is the surrounding nature. It is amazing how when you look at the city from above, like from the top of Mount Ainslie or mount Pleasant, you see mostly trees and you almost don’t notice that there are houses hidden everywhere! We don’t have to go to a zoo to see kangaroos; they are all around, and we even have koalas, wallabies, platypuses and all sort of animals at Tidbinbilla. We also have an amazing lake where is so good for a walk or a ride, and also perfect for swimming and kayaking when it’s hot!
Beyond Canberra, with a short drive you can be in all sorts of different environments - bush walking in the woods of the Namadgi National Park; camping next to a wild beach on the coast or skiing on the Snowy Mountains. I find living in Canberra the perfect gateway to explore quite a big portion of this country with short trips in the weekend, which is something I wouldn’t do as often while living in a bigger city.
Anna is a 2019 Student Ambassador for Study Canberra