Meet some of the students from Philip Baxter College

Andrew Lawler

Sports Director

Degree: Bachelor of Civil Engineering/Bachelor of Science

Hometown: Macksville, NSW 

Describe Philip Baxter College in 3 words:
Individualism, fun, challenging 

What is your favourite part about living on campus?
The way in which people are no longer shunned for the differences but celebrated

What’s your favourite place to eat around UNSW?
Down at the Roundhouse, $11 super wings on a Thursday are always a bargain

How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time exercising at the gym, surfing down at Maroubra, and hanging out with my friends just down the hall. 

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
I would wish to be either a professional skier or surfer – to travel and explore the wide world of both sports is to be living the dream. However, sometimes one must find a new and exciting dream wherever they may be. Being alive and being me is the dream. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
One superpower would be to teleport. To be able to teleport or wherever the surf is pumping, or even to just make sure I turn up to lectures on time.

Advice to future students thinking about living on campus:
If people wish to stay at college they must be organized, open to all people and their differences, they must have patience to deal with any curve balls that come and understand that this is a home for all people of any background.

Grace Ayton

Charities and Communities Director

Degree: Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Hometown: Forth, Tasmania

Describe Baxter in 3 words:
Exciting, Supportive, Vibin’

What is your favourite part about living in Baxter? 
There is always something happening, whether that be college sport, community events or nights out. Whenever I feel like a break from study, there is something to do. I have met lots of people from all the colleges and got involved in what interests me.

Has living on campus been what you expected it to be?
Coming from a boarding house in Tasmania, I thought I knew all there was to know about communal living. College offers way more independence but still gave me support when I needed it. I was also able to join clubs from outside of college, as events were just a walk up some stairs away.

How do you spend your free time?
I play saxophone for UNSW Wind Symphony and play with a UNSW netball team. Otherwise, I like to spend my free time with friends from college.

Any advice to students thinking about living on campus?
Living on campus at UNSW, is a great opportunity to meet friends and get involved outside of class. I came to UNSW knowing no one who lived in Sydney and within my first week had made friends with lots of new people. If you want to balance out your university workload, there are fun events at the colleges as well as academic mentoring and lots of opportunities to engage with or lead the community.