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November 2016

Ms Jacqueline Williams

Hawker Scholar: 2011 - 2013

I was stoked to be awarded the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship in 2011. The Hawker Scholarship enabled me to live at Burgmann College while studying at the ANU, and to become part of a fantastic group of Hawker Scholars. Living at Burgmann was one of the best experiences I had at university. I got to meet a wide range of people and I got involved in a range of sporting, arts, and social activities. I particularly loved playing in the Interhall sports competitions, including as an ex-ressie once I left Burgmann. It’s always great to be part of a team!

Located only a five-minute run from the ANU Boat Club (ANUBC) shed, living at Burgmann was also a boon to my involvement in rowing. Since 2011, I’ve been an active member of the ANUBC and have represented the ANUBC in local, state, national, and international competitions. I’ve coached learn to row programs and captained the club. Following my enjoyable experience on the ANUBC Committee, I am now on the Rowing ACT Board, as well as the ANU Sport Council. I’m looking forward to staying involved in these activities after graduation.

This year I have been completing a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Chinese Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. I have really enjoyed my studies at ANU. In 2013, it was an honour to receive the Burgmann Medal for my academic results and contribution to residential life.

I’ve also loved the opportunity to travel overseas to study and attend conferences as part of my program at the ANU. I spent a semester on exchange at the University of Toronto, Canada in 2014 and a ‘summer’ exchange program at the National University of Singapore in 2015. I also represented the ANU at a leadership conference in 2014 at Nanjing University, China. It was great to put some of my Mandarin skills into practice in China. I really value the importance of travelling to different places to meet a diverse range of people and work together. As I write this, I’m thinking it is a real treat to finish off my undergraduate studies with a trip to Dublin, Ireland to attend the International Undergraduate Awards Summit (as a 2016 Global Winner in the law category).

I’m looking forward to seeing where my ANU undergraduate degrees will take me and shape my future work and study experiences. I hope to continue to learn new things, get involved in a variety of different activities and meet new people, just as I have at the ANU and Burgmann College with the support of the Hawker Scholarship. It is always great to catch up with other Scholars and I look forward to staying I contact in future years.