Harsimranjeet began his journey at the University of Newcastle with studies in civil engineering before deciding to take an unknown path and pursue fine arts. His passion for adventure and creativity unfolded after leaving his home in Punjab and discovering new perspectives.

“When I was making my decision to go overseas for tertiary education, I didn’t want to go to anywhere that is already well known among my community. I’ve always liked exploring, so I decided to come to the University of Newcastle,” said Harsimranjeet.

Focusing on his creative passions with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Harsimranjeet is learning something new each day – both in and out of the classroom.

“The technology, support and environment within the fine arts studios shaped my practice in a way I have never thought before. The practices taught have diverse applications and the degree has given me the freedom to explore various ideas and concepts.

“I’m really passionate about breaking stereotypes and surprising myself. And I think it all has started with the Bachelor of Fine Art program,” said Harsimranjeet.

From social clubs to sightseeing, outside of the classroom Harsimranjeet continues to explore all that Newcastle and Australia has to offer.

“While studying I’ve had the chance to try activities such as scuba diving, snowboarding, surfing, freediving and snorkelling. Most of them are either unheard of in Punjabi community or have been only considered affluent lifestyle activities.

“I wanted to pursue all this because I feel that there’s a need to educate other international students about the facets of life that can be enjoyed while being a student. And how to enjoy all or any of these kinds of activities safely,” said Harsimranjeet.

When it comes to study, the support Harsimranjeet has received from staff has made all the difference to his time at university. And he’s always eager to share his experience with fellow students.

“I’d encourage all students to reach out for help to anyone you can possibly speak to – other students or staff. You will be surprised to see that how much support and assistance is available for you, even after official working hours.

“Step out of your comfort zone and make sure you make the most out of your time at the University of Newcastle,” said Harsimranjeet.

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Driven by his eagerness to discover the unknown, Harsimranjeet jumped from one end of the spectrum to the other at the University of Newcastle.

I’m really passionate about breaking stereotypes and surprising myself. And I think it all has started with the Bachelor of Fine Art program.

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