I like to learn about the human brain because it’s one of the greatest mysteries out there.
“It’s great. The experience is really fun. Although the courses I’ve taken are quite challenging, you get to do a lot of hands-on applied stuff in the practicals,” explains Min Quan, a psychology student at ANU. “Classes are not only theoretically based. You get to explore how the research and the things we learned in theory are applied in the field.”
Min Quan is studying at ANU as part of an ANU Science Articulation Agreement with her Polytechnic in Singapore. After completing a diploma in Singapore, Min Quan is able to complete a bachelors degree at ANU with a one year exemption on her program.
Min Quan decided to study psychology, saying her natural curiosity lead her to the discipline.
“My sister has autism. Therefore, from a young age I’ve been exposed to a lot of psychology related stuff,” Min Quan explained. “I guess that has made me curious about it all. I’m naturally a curious person. I like to find out how things work. I like to learn about the human brain because it’s one of the greatest mysteries out there.”
Min Quan said ANU was the perfect place to explore her curious nature.
“Psychology back in Singapore is still a new field and the teaching of psychology in the universities there is not as establilshed as it is in Australia. Another reason I chose ANU is because I like research. I find that ANU in particular has a very strong research foundation in psychology as well as neuroscience. So that was one of the major factors that drew me here.”
Min Quan is enjoying her studies and her life in Canberra. She is also hoping to stay for work.
“People say Canberra’s quiet, but I like quiet. I come from Singapore and live smack in the middle of the city, so I really appreciate it here.
“I hope after I’m done I can find a job. Probably get myself familiar with what work is like. I hope to stay in Australia to do that. It’s a great place to live.”