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Jessie Penning (Papua New Guinea)

Originally from Papua New Guinea, Jessie Penning is currently in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University (JCU).

Jessie said her experience as an international student has exceeded her expectations.

“I basically knew no one when I applied, but I did research different universities and saw JCU had great rankings worldwide.

“I knew there was also quite a big Papua New Guinean community in Townsville, which was a comforting thought when moving overseas.”

In order to make friends and stay connected with her PNG cultural heritage, Jessie signed up to be a part of one of the PNG student group on campus and is now the group’s event coordinator.

“It’s a great experience because we get to attend a lot of events, such as Café International and Harmony Day, and share our culture with other students and staff at JCU.”

Jessie Penning with the other members of the JCU Papua New Guinea Student Association at Café International.Jessie Penning with the other members of the JCU Papua New Guinea Student Association at Café International.

Jessie said she has enjoyed the many opportunities provided by JCU to expand her network.

“I have had so many new experiences at JCU. We have a limited number of opportunities in PNG and not as much exposure. It was important for me to get experience in different areas.

“For example, I did some work volunteering at the JCU tax clinic here on campus at Townsville.

“I also worked at a law firm in the city during the semester break, Purcell Taylor Lawyers, and got exposure to conveyancing work.

With all these invaluable life and career experiences, Jessie said she is focused on completing her studies and working towards her dream of becoming a solicitor.