'Happi' with the world at her feet

MORE than 1,600 applicants from around the country have been offered a place at ANU - and among them is Hermi 'Happi' Human, who graduated from Monaro High School in Cooma last year.

Happi will be one of the first people to enrol in the Bachelor Asia-Pacific Studies/Master Globalisation. The new degree is one of three 'Vertical' double degrees launched this year, which allow students to get a head start on higher education degrees.

Happi was thrilled to receive an offer to the one-of-a-kind degree.

"I've had my heart set on going to University for the last three years, so I am really excited," she said.

"I applied to ANU because I thought the new Vertical degree would give me the best chance to understand our continually changing environment, particularly in terms of Asia-Pacific security.

"I saw in the undergraduate guide that these courses are in the Top 10 in the world, so I feel like I have the world at my feet."

Born in South Africa, Happi immigrated to Australia eight years ago. She is excited to be moving to Canberra and has applied for a place at Bruce Hall residential college.

"I'm really excited about meeting a lot of like-minded people on campus and being taught by tutors that really know their stuff," she said. "I met one of the lecturers in Asia-Pacific security at the advisory session last year and he was really inspirational."

Happi's ultimate aim is to become a diplomat but for now she's focusing on her first week of university life.

"I had been stressing out, so I'm so glad to know for sure that I've got a place at ANU."

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