Why you should apply for the Aurora Study Tour by June 16!
A Dhurga/ Dharawal man belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal community in coastal Sydney, Ash Walker was chosen to participate in the 2016 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour, and returned with a wealth of experience and a confident decision to study a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Trinity College at Oxford University, UK.
Having graduated in 2012 from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce, Ash never envisaged that the next step in his academic path would lie overseas.
“The Study Tour [was] a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the possibility of studying at these top institutions,” he said.
“I was initially only looking at Australian postgraduate opportunities.”
The Study Tour takes Indigenous students to visit some of the world’s leading universities in the UK and US including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and New York University. Apart from giving students the opportunity to become familiar with the social and academic cultures of these campuses, the Study Tour affords students the chance to experience the calibre of learning at these universities and fully imagine themselves a valuable part of them.
Speaking about his experience at Harvard, Ash noted that “immediately after the MBA class visit, I realised I had identified a point relating to the case discussed which the entire MBA class had missed. This was rather satisfying as it gave me the feeling that I could contribute to a class in one of the top MBA programs in the world.”
Study Tour participants also get the unique opportunity to meet both academics and current students of the universities.
“I really enjoyed tapping into the support network of Indigenous students already studying at Cambridge,” said Ash.
“I had underestimated how helpful it would be to receive advice from these students.”
As his final advice for Indigenous students considering further study, Ash recommended to “take every opportunity – whether it be a scholarship or internship, apply for everything. Generations before us fought for the opportunities we have today so it would be a shame to let them go to waste.”
Applications for the 2017 Study Tour are open until 16 June 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.