Claudia Cardaci


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  • Campus: University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA

Claudia Cardaci

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance).

Why did you want to become a CA Student Rep? 

To showcase the invaluable learning opportunities that CAANZ provides to graduates from any background to kickstart their career.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

The difference I make does not have to be profound in nature. The mark I make in the world will be achieved simply: I will fully commit myself to solving any problem, whether it be accounting-related or otherwise, by using my lateral thinking skills developed throughout my education.

What you are interested in outside of Uni and work?

I'm a huge fan of orchestral and chamber music (love me some Shostakovitch), and I love to play tennis and ultimate frisbee! I also love collecting accounting puns and listening to my friends laugh (*groan) as I subject them to my indisputable hilarity (by the way, if you have any good ones, feel free to send them to me).

If you had any advice for your fellow students about tackling university or preparing for the 'real' world, what would it be?

The change in lifestyle for high school to university is sudden and apparent. The only valuable advice I can provide is to: (1) keep on top of your work load (your work load will increase as exams approach); and (2) do your tutorial work BEFORE the tutorial (yes, it is hard to find motivation to do the work prior to the class, but you will gain more from that time if you come to class prepared and ready to learn new material and clarify your understanding).

What was your first impression of studying accounting/business?

Accounting was never my first choice at university. When I left high school, I had this set idea of studying economics and felt that nothing could sway me from what I was destined to do. That was until I took my first accounting lecture. The first thing that struck me about accounting was the logic behind every principle and entry completed - every number has its place, and there is a valid reason to support that understanding.