When Nepalese student Anushka Shrestha came to live in Australia to study at ACU, she never dreamed that it would lead to an internship with the Vatican and taking a selfie with the Pope.
Anushka was on cloud nine when she was personally invited to apply to intern with the Vatican through ACU International.
The fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student applied straight away and when she received the news she was the successful applicant, she knew it was an opportunity too big to miss out on.
“ACU was so helpful, providing bursaries and travel scholarships and that was the only reason why I could have this amazing experience.”
She credits ACU International with helping her throughout the entire journey – with administration, counselling, travel scholarships and everything in between.
“It was a big step emotionally as well mentally and financially, I got very well-rounded support from the beginning,” Anushka says.
“From sending a visa checklist to providing documents such as accommodation and insurance and things like that – they were very helpful throughout every step.
While interning at the Vatican, Anushka met Pope Francis and says she was in “complete awe”.
“It was just so great to see the excitement happening.”
Anushka says it was a life changing experience and she left with a clarity that she needs to do something that contributes to society.
“I did not expect anything so great, let alone this early in my career and in my education. I’m just extremely, humbled that ACU thought that I was capable to do that.”
“You can do anything at any point in time – it doesn’t matter small or big. That is something that I implement in my everyday life.”