Canberran Pip Merrick chose to stay in “a city that has so much to offer young people”, to study a Bachelor of International Security/Bachelor of Political Science at ANU.
“Growing up in Canberra, I have realised how lucky I am to live in a city that has so much to offer young people. This is why I choose to stay and study here after school. The universities have great reputations as places where students can meet and thrive with other students,” says Pip.
“The city is big enough to have a great variety of food and shopping, while small enough that there’s not much traffic and it doesn’t take long to get anywhere. From useful new additions to our city – such as the light rail – to the exciting events popping up each year, like the Multicultural Festival and Floriade, Canberra is thriving as a city.
“The lakes, paths, mountain hikes and access to national parks makes our bush capital a unique place. Spending time in other cities and experiencing other education systems has opened my eyes to what a great city Canberra is to live and study in.
“One of the things I love most here is the opportunity to be an active part of my local community in different ways. From school debating in the Legislative Assembly, excursions to Parliament House, attending insightful conferences and conventions, to meeting new people across sporting and community groups, Canberra has so much to offer.
“Each of these groups gives me the chance to form new friendships and have contributed to me never feeling alone. I am very much a part of a great community, which is why I love studying in Canberra.
“Liveable, great study options, and all-round beautiful city with great people – what more could you possibly want?”