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For Gathish, Deakin University’s student resources were most impressive. “From libraries with extensive collections of books to downloadable video–streaming of lectures, there are resources to suit every student,” he says. Gathish, who completed his degree in Information Technology in 2008, majored in Computer Science and Software Development, is also very happy with the teaching staff who, he feels, “played a variety of roles including those of a mentor and a guide. You could just walk up to them for help.”
Life at Deakin raised Gathish’s confidence. Having to prepare for and make presentations, and work in groups gave Gathish lots of opportunities to develop as an individual, cope on his own and make him job-ready. “I felt ready to enter the workforce,” he says.
Deakin University also provided a relaxed atmosphere and various social forums to help students, especially international students, feel at home, he says. Gathish, who has come from Sri Lanka, says, “I’ve made friends with people from different backgrounds and now I know someone from every continent on the globe.” About being able to appreciate and understand other cultures, he feels, “It’s like getting a double degree at Deakin without having to study for it!”