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Justin Lee, Singapore

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Hi, my name is Justin and I studied at The University of Queensland
Hi, my name is Justin and I studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Queensland.

Why did you choose to study at The University of Queensland? 

UQ has consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 universities. I heard from my sister, a UQ alumnus, about the diversity of faculty staff and students as well as the fond memories she had of UQ. 

What are the best things about your program and about UQ? 

I love that my program is highly configurable; I have myriad options when it comes to selecting courses and electives. I have also made friends with people representing many nationalities, from Afghans to Canadians. 

What have you liked most about living in Brisbane? 

‘Brisbanites’ are some of the nicest people I have ever met. People here are friendly and courteous. I thoroughly enjoy the EKKA festival held once a year. It’s a fun-filled carnival where you can frolic with your friends and see and learn about agriculture.

And who can forget the beaches? Sandwiched between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, you will never be too far away from one! 

How would you describe your UQ study experience and how will it empower you to create change? 

My study experience at UQ always entailed approaching thoughts and problems from different angles – thinking outside the box – and it’s enhanced my ability to think critically. Being able to think and analyse things differently empowers a person to create change. 

Have you been involved in any social activities or extra-curricular activities at UQ? 

This is the beauty of UQ: extra-curricular clubs – and heaps of them! I was involved in the Newman Catholic Society where I found like-minded people to socialise with. I also joined the Singapore and Hong Kong student societies. 

Have you undertaken any work experience? 

I was in the finance team at Rydges Hotel in South Bank. I dealt with back-end operations, which spanned from purchasing to remuneration. It was a fruitful experience. Not only did I learn about business processes, but I also learned to work in a fast-paced and dynamic industry, met new people, and made many friends.

This experience has geared me up for the future because I now know what to expect and what is expected of me. 

What advice would you give students from your home country who are considering UQ as their study destination? 

If you’re looking to study at a vibrant, top university, which boasts an esteemed group of faculty staff and researchers, look no further – UQ is the place to be! 

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