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Mixed blessings – the joy of multidisciplinary learning

I’ve just started my first week at Melbourne University, but have been coming to campus across the two weeks I have been here, initially for various admin things and last week for Freshers (“O-week”) activities. Of course everything is new and exciting, and returning to full-time learning after a gap of almost 21 years feels like a privilege. But one slightly unexpected aspect is standing out for me at this stage and that is the energy of being in a multidisciplinary university. I did my first degree at the London School of Economics, an incredibly vibrant and stimulating seat of learning. But it was specialised and most of the people you met were doing something not that far away from your own interests. Here, you are in the coffee queue with neuroscientists, in the bookshop queue with architects, in the bank queue with creative artists. When I am thinking about essays or projects, I feel an unlimited landscape rolling out around me, with many possibilities for bringing in methods, models and thinking from very different subjects. I find that incredibly exciting.