Student Profile

Q&A with Terry Vo

TerryVoTerry Vo is an American (originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, y’all!) currently studying for her Masters in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Queensland. She studied international relations with a minor in Asian Studies and Japanese Business Orientation at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After graduating, she was accepted into the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program and moved to Kyushu, the southern most island of Japan.

In addition to her studies at UQ, Terry also serves as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and a Brisbane International Student Ambassador. Her dream career is to become a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State. She arrived in Brisbane in February 2013, and is on track to graduate in July 2014.

Why did you choose UQ?

When I was applying to various programs within the Asia/Oceania region, I contacted each institution directly.  None of the universities responded to me in a timely fashion except UQ.

In addition, I was provided a personal student advisor. She did an outstanding job following up with me and making sure that my application process was going as smoothly as possible. This made UQ standout and was the biggest difference maker. Thank you, UQ,  for really making a connection with prospective students like me. It made a lasting impression.

What has your time been like at UQ?

My time at university has been fantastic. I enjoy the medium-sized classes with classmates from all over the world. My professors are highly regarded in their fields and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to learn from them.

In addition to my course work, I have been able to participate in several clubs such as the Vietnamese Student Association where I can practice my Vietnamese and UQ Association for Postgraduate Students, which serves as a representative body for all UQ postgraduate students and allows me to network with fellow postgraduate students studying in different programs.

What has been your favorite part of studying at UQ so far?

UQ’s St. Lucia campus is very beautiful and I enjoy spending time at the Great Court, taking a stroll around the Great Lakes, or studying with my friends in the many library study spaces. I love all the amenities that can be found right on campus — including a post office, bank, food court, print shop, café, bike shop, doctor’s office, lolly (candy) shop, and more.

Outside of class, there are so many activities, lectures, and clubs that I can participate in that make my experience great both inside and outside the classroom. Market Day is probably one of the most exciting days on campus and I really enjoyed experiencing that for the first time. During first semester, it happened a week before classes officially started and allowed everyone to have an opportunity to learn about all the clubs and activities that take place on campus. In addition, Market Day provided me with fitness center information, games, giveaways, and eating contests. I had a caricature made of me surfing and a month later, I learned how to surf in Byron Bay. I will always remember that memory from Market Day!

Watch Terry’s video about studying in Brisbane

Learn more about Terry’s experience

Follow Terry’s blog where she posts entries about her experiences as a Rotary Ambassador and Brisbane International Student Ambassador.