Hi, I’m William Nack and I’ve just completed my first semester of the Master of Agricultural Sciences (Agribusiness major) at the University of Melbourne.
Before starting my masters, I completed a Bachelor of Agriculture. I enrolled in this course because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do after finishing high school. I am originally from a rural seaside town called Ocean Grove and I had no background in farming, and agriculture intrigued me as it was something I was not familiar with.
Throughout my time in my undergrad, I made many friends and developed an interest and appreciation for the agricultural sector. I took Farm Management Economics in my final semester and that was when I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the agribusiness sector.
With my uni friends
Studying agriculture at the University has taken me all around rural Victoria. A highlight of my studies was often the few weeks I was able to spend at the Dookie campus for intensive subjects. The Dookie campus is a tight-knit community and we were able to make friends quickly. Many of my Dookie classmates are still my close friends to this day even though we’re from different parts of the world.
One of the greatest things about studying agricultural sciences at the University of Melbourne is how well connected the Faculty is to the agribusiness sector. In my first intensive subject, I sat through presentations from incredible industry professionals including the Executive Chairman of Bega. These guest speakers can range from senior corporate professionals, to family-based farmers in Berwick. The amount of knowledge that I have learned from each individual is immense and really drives my passion for my course.
Another great thing about studying at Melbourne is the opportunities to get involved in sporting activities like soccer. I have been able to represent the University at the Australian University Games/Varsity Games and in the State 3 Squad. I was also handed an incredible opportunity to represent the University in China for the World Elite University Football Tournament (WEUFT) where we managed to take second place against high profile universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Tsing Hua University. This also gave me an opportunity to practise my Mandarin when we were sightseeing around China.
The boys and I at Unigames (The Australian University Games)
I have three more semesters left of my masters and I am looking forward to the next challenges that await me. I will always cherish my time at the University of Melbourne, and it has by far been my greatest experience so far.