Meet Bachelor of Computer Science student Dimas Anugerah
Choosing computer science for a future-proof career.
In an increasingly technological world, offshore international student Dimas Anugerah wanted to carve a future-proof career and be part of a growing industry.
Choosing to pursue a Bachelor of Computer Science, Dimas commenced his studies online from Indonesia and shares with us what he enjoys about his degree and what he is looking forward to when he arrives in Adelaide.
Why did you choose your degree?
Computing technology has been increasing and improving. Our society has been more dependent on computers so I thought that if I could enter the industry, I could basically survive in modern society. In the future, this industry is going to be more important and I want to be a part of that.
Why did you choose the University of Adelaide?
I believe UoA is the best option for me to prepare myself for my future as it provides a highly-ranked education, high quality facilities and platform to widen my knowledge about the global world.
Why did you choose to start your studies online instead of deferring?
I felt that in terms of computer science, you don’t really need a lot of face to face learning. I feel that online study is enough for me to learn computer science and I don’t feel like I have missed out on anything, except the physical University facilities like the campus.
How have you adjusted to online learning?
I’m comfortable with it and I feel like I have adapted to it. I just wanted to get on with it and continue learning. I don’t really have a ritual or a schedule to help me stay motivated, I just like working alone and haven’t really had any complaints. I stay motivated just by remembering that I am the one who chose to do this and I will get through whatever is given to me.
What support services have you accessed?
In my first semester I didn’t really know what was going on so International student support helped me set up my student account, pick my courses and updated me with any information regarding Australia’s borders.
How have you stayed social and made friends whilst studying online?
At orientation I joined a session where offshore students could meet each other and talk and they have formed my main group of university friends. I’ve also met a couple of people from my country in my course and have kept in good contact with them since my first semester.
What advice would you give to other international students starting their studies online?
Be very alert of your obligations, always read your emails or notifications. Also, don’t be shy of asking for help, it’s okay to make sure that you are doing the right things and checking what it required of you. It can be easy to miss tiny details and be confused so don’t be afraid to ask, and don’t stress yourself too much.
How do you think a degree from The University of Adelaide will assist your future career?
It will widen my knowledge on the computing world and expose me to Western industry standards and different cultures. I plan to get a master’s degree and will aim to get a job abroad. I believe the university will help me towards that path.
Dimas is just one of many offshore students overcoming adversity and pushing through to achieve their study goals. If you are considering starting or continuing your studies online but don’t know where to start, please visit our Admissions website or get in touch with our Future Student Team.