Meet some of the students from Fig Tree Hall

Angus Ritossa

House President

Degree: Advanced Maths/Computer Science

Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia

Describe Fig Tree Hall in 3 words:
Fun, welcoming, inclusive

What is your favourite part about living in Fig Tree Hall?
Meeting and living with lots of other students. It is nice to have a family here at Fig when I am away from home. 

Has living on campus been what you expected it to be?
I was nervous before I moved onto campus, but I have enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Having a less than 5 minute commute to class is a nice bonus too!

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Another language – I don’t really mind which one, it would just be cool to be able to speak one

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to never be tired

Any advice to students thinking about living on campus?
I highly recommend living in a college early on in your degree. It’s a great way to meet other students and participate in heaps of fun events. College gives you the independence of living away from home, while also not leaving you to fend entirely for yourself. 

Usmaan Mohideen

House Treasurer

Degree: Computer Science/Commerce

Hometown: Gaborone, Botswana

Describe Fig Tree Hall in 3 words:
Diverse, bubbly, fun!

What is your favourite part about living in Fig Tree Hall?  
The close community we maintain; you make family here.

Has living on campus been what you expected it to be?
Not at all! It’s been better, and I’ve learnt a lot from my interactions with the people I meet.

What’s your favourite place to eat around UNSW?
OPORTOOOOS

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Make a to-do list the night before!

How do you spend your free time?
Social soccer, and Just Dance.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Reading fast; knowledge is key.

Any advice to students thinking about living on campus?
Make sure you develop good time management skills! If you can successfully manage university work, society work and socials you’re in for a really good time at college. 

Shivani Lalji

Cultural Director

Degree: Bachelor of Actuarial Studies 

Hometown: Suva, Fiji 

Describe Fig Tree Hall  in 3 words:
Diverse, supportive, inclusive 

What is your favourite part about living in Fig Tree Hall?
Fig Tree Hall has become a home away from home for me and has enabled me to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds, make some amazing friends and memories along the way.  

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Study for shorter, more focused sessions and don’t de-prioritise sleep ! 

How do you spend your free time?
Going out for a walk and a cup of coffee, reading, jamming to music in my room and playing Just Dance with friends in the mezz.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Become fluent in every language. 

Any advice to students thinking about living on campus?
Living on campus broadens your horizons, gives you multiple opportunities to connect with new people, experience new traditions and events, and the best part is the convenience of heading to class in no time. 

Angela Zhang

House Secretary

Degree: Vision Science/Clinical Optometry

Hometown: Brisbane, QLD

Describe Fig Tree Hall in 3 words:
Diverse, close-knit, enthusiastic 

What is your favourite part about living in Fig Tree Hall?  
The people! The community is so friendly, wholesome and inclusive, and we always have a lot of fun together. 

What’s your favourite place to eat around UNSW?
Time for Thai and Manpuku (ramen noodles) on Anzac Parade. Also the bubble tea in Sydney is very good and there are so many stores near UNSW! 

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Write a list of everything you need to do, then colour-code and prioritise. I also love group study sessions so you can stop each other from getting distracted!

How do you spend your free time?
Mahjong, Mafia, playing the piano, chatting to friends in the common room

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 
Flight – so I could get to classes faster and sleep in a bit longer!

Any advice to students thinking about living on campus? 
Don’t be scared to reach out if you need help or to just introduce yourself to someone new. Participate in all the events and make the most of O-Week!