“ANU is one of the only universities in Australia that teaches Hindi. I chose to move to ANU to study Law, alongside Asian studies, so I could learn the language of my ancestors and embrace this part of my identity.
Dr Friedlander is the Hindi Professor here at the ANU; his understanding of Hindi stretches beyond the spoken and written language - his intonation, his cultural awareness and his patience with me are just a few of the things he has picked up through decades of engagement with India. Beyond Hindi, I have found the Bachelor of Asian studies to be the most accommodating and exciting degree – whether it be the “Monsoon Project” allowing students to write and edit whilst being credited as a subject, the “Media and Politics in Japan” course where I spent a whirlwind two weeks in Japan on a New Colombo Mobility Grant or the incredible academics and teachers who have become accustomed to me popping into their office for a chat.
I’m in the third year of my Asian Studies/Laws flexible double and I cannot wait to grasp at every opportunity Asian studies has to offer. I am excited whenever that time of year rolls around where I have to choose new subjects, because I know there is a wealth on offer in this degree that benefits my future, and satisfies me in the present.”