Five more questions before you graduate: Samantha Woodforde

Samantha sitting on a desert sand dune
Samantha said that the scholarship enabled her to travel during her degree and study abroad.

Studying law at ANU gives you so many opportunities to immerse yourself and explore different interests.

Why did you decide to study law?

I chose to study law because I had an interest in policy, justice, and understanding why society functions the way it does. It also complemented my International Relations degree nicely and had areas of overlap, namely international law subjects, I was interested in.

What was the best thing about your time at the ANU College of Law?

My favourite part of my time at the ANU College of Law was the breadth of activities I was able to be involved in during my studies. Some of the highlights have been representing student interests as College of Law Representative on ANUSA, competing in a range of legal competitions such as the IASLA Space Law Moot, and visiting Canberra’s AMC detention centre with the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice Program.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying law?

If a law degree is something you’re considering, absolutely do it! Studying law at ANU gives you so many opportunities to immerse yourself and explore different interests. Even if you’re not necessarily sure you want to be a lawyer at the end of it, a law degree gives you a different perspective on the world. 

How did winning a prize help you?

I was fortunate enough to receive a Centenary Scholarship at the beginning of my studies. The money helped give me the opportunity to travel during my degree and study abroad. It was really affirming to receive this from the ANU, and I knew before I even got here that I was making the right to decision in coming to a university that would support me through my studies.

What’s next?

Whilst I’m sad to be leaving ANU, I’m excited to start the next stage of life. I’ll be heading up to Sydney to start a position in management consulting in mid-2019, and have big plans for travel in the next few months before that!

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team