Tessa Richardson

Tessa is in her second year studying Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Science) at the University of Adelaide

“I am from a small town in Warwickshire so I wanted to study in a small city – bigger places such as Sydney and Melbourne didn’t really appeal to me. Adelaide is a very relaxed city with stunning architecture. I think the cost of living is also cheaper here than in the bigger cities in Australia. Everything you need is here and the student nightlife is fantastic. I have just been on the biggest pub crawl in the Southern Hemisphere! There is also a Comedy Fringe Festival that takes place here every February, which is great fun.

“There is great shopping here and it’s easy to get around as the city is so compact. There is a tram that goes from the city centre to the beach, where I spend a lot of my time!

“Now I am in my second year, I am based about an hour outside of Adelaide at the Roseworthy campus. It is where the veterinary and agricultural programmes are taught – about 800 students study here. Although it is quite a rural campus, there is lots going on and I never get bored! I live in the on-campus accommodation and they organise loads of activities including pub crawls, formal dinners and a veterinary ball. There is also a great swimming pool and gym on campus.

“My class schedule is very busy! I have about 24 hours of lectures and tutorials per week and I am in class every day. I’m absolutely loving my course, it really is awesome and has some amazing, internationally renowned lecturers. There are also several placements that I have to do – you are required to complete 12 weeks of placement by your third year.

“In my spare time, I love to go camping around South Australia. I’ve also camped in the Blue Mountains – a great experience! I’ve visited Sydney, Brisbane and Fraser Island so far and I am planning a road trip from Adelaide to Darwin.”