A passion for helping others and thinking outside the box has seen ANU College of Law students Audrey Wong and Daniel Coppel, named among Australia’s highest performing university students in the 2016 Graduate Connections Top 100 Future Leaders Awards.
Designed to identify and recognise the top students coming out of Australian universities, the Top 100 Future Leaders Awards put applicants through a rigorous selection process – including online applications, psychometric testing, video interviews and face-to-face interviews – before selecting winners in 19 categories.
Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the awards demonstrated the emphasis the College placed on providing students with the knowledge, skills and insight required for leadership success.
“While the ANU College of Law boasts an extraordinary list of leaders among its alumni - High Court Justice Stephen Gageler, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Chairman of Allianz Australia, John Curtis to name a few - it’s not often that Australia’s future leaders are discovered while they’re still studying with us.
“Both Audrey and Daniel are already high achievers in their own right, and we’re excited by what they will achieve in the future, armed with a degree from one of Australia’s best law schools,” said Professor Bottomley.
For Law-Commerce double degree student, Daniel Coppel, the Award comes after his considerable commitment to support Jewish students at ANU and in the wider community.
In addition to his role as an ANU campus executive for the Australasian Union of Jewish Students, Daniel sits on the national executive and holds the office of national treasurer for the youth-run, not-for-profit Jewish organisation, Hineni Youth and Welfare Australia.
But despite his accomplishments, Daniel was unsure whether to enter the Awards given 2016 represents only his second year at ANU.
“I was three to four years younger than most people who made it into the final round of the Awards, with a large number of other finalists having finished their undergraduate degrees or studying their Masters, so it was incredibly humbling to be chosen as one of the top 100,” Daniel said.
For final year student Audrey Wong, recognised for the innovation she has brought to both her studies in Law and Commerce and the many extra-curricular activities she is involved in, the Awards provided a means to discover what employers were after and to network with some of Australia’s largest companies.
“Often the only path to a graduate position in law is through clerkships, so it was interesting to experience the process graduates go through to get work with large, leading organisations.
“I’m hoping to use the Awards to meet employers and better understand the sorts of opportunities that are available for law graduates.
“Ideally, my success will help me secure a graduate position which will act as a springboard for my other aspirations,” Audrey said.
BY LYN LARKIN