Mitchell – studying Law
For me, it was a pretty big move coming to Sydney University. I grew up in Newcastle, so the move meant relocating, adjusting to a new city, finding a job, etc, which wasn’t an easy decision to make. When it came down to it, I was mainly motivated to take that step because of my choice of degree, and the advantages I felt Sydney Uni offered. Read more about how I got to Sydney Uni.
I can talk to you about:
- what it’s like to move to Sydney to study
- what it’s like to study law at Sydney
- clubs and societies – the social side of uni.
Q&A with Mitchell
Who would win a battle between a ninja and a pirate, and why?
The ninja wins, hands down. Ninjas are stealthy, virtually undetectable, and 100 percent deadly with their knives, throwing stars and bare hands. That pirate has no chance.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Fantastic. Terrible. Contradictory.
After graduating where would you like to get a job?
At this stage, I wouldn’t mind doing some sort of human rights law, possibly defending asylum seekers or something similar for a year or two after graduation. Beyond that, I have absolutely no idea.
Would you rather be able to read everyone’s mind all the time or always know their future?
Read everyone’s mind all the time, but I’d only use my powers for good.
Any tips for getting through the HSC?
I know everyone tells you that you need to put in a lot of hours of study, but at the same time make sure you don’t over-study and burn yourself out. Everyone has their own methods and levels of work that help them learn best, and it’s important to find your own personal balance.
Make sure you still get out of the house and spend time with your friends doing something fun every now and then. Spending 12 hours a day, seven days a week at your desk slogging through textbooks will make you burn out, and probably won’t help you learn much anyway.
I wanted to study law, but I knew that the legal field is an extremely competitive one. Sydney’s law faculty carried a great deal of academic prestige for me. It also seemed to offer the best education, and as a result would provide me with the best opportunities once I finished my degree.
As well as that, Sydney’s Arts and Social Sciences faculty is one of the best in the country. The Bachelor of International and Global Studies really appealed to me as something I’d like to combine with law, and is the kind of degree that not many institutions offer. Given that I’m not sure where I want to go with my law degree once I finish, it’s helpful to have this kind of solid foundation for my career, learning things that are generally applicable to a job anywhere.
Moving to Sydney did mean I didn’t have my old circles of friends to fall back on. Out of all the other 2009 HSC graduates I knew back home, only three of us pursued further studies in Sydney.
I was more than a bit nervous and worried about having to build a whole new social circle, and I had absolutely no idea what the uni atmosphere would be like. Honestly though, it was a lot easier than I expected. I found clubs and societies were a really, really good way to connect with people who had the same sorts of interests as me and helped me settle in much more easily.
While you meet plenty of people through your classes, they mostly tend to be doing the same sorts of degrees and studying the same sorts of things as you. By contrast, going along to events by the Beer and Music Society or the Captain Planet Appreciation Society, means you mix with the full University population and get to meet some really diverse and interesting people.
Uni has also allowed me to go further with the extracurricular stuff I’m interested in, and try new things. In first year I joined the Ultimate Frisbee Club, which introduced me to a sport I’ve played for a few seasons now, while at the end of second year I went on a mission trip to Ashfield run by the Evangelical Union.
By the same token, mates of mine have started playing other sports, learned new languages, or just become interested in different things as a result of socialising on campus. This kind of social life is one of the best things about Sydney Uni, and is thoroughly worth getting involved in as much as possible. It certainly helped me to settle and make new friends.