The Value of the Extended Essay

A lecture by 2011 Graduate Brandon Halaufia for the 2015 graduates

written by Stephany Banal (QACI Media Team)

Brandon HalaufiaWe often hear about the success of students after graduation and Brandon Halaufia is one of them. Currently studying a double degree in Business and Commerce at the University of Queensland, Brandon is in his third year. The former QACI theatre student is now an associate lecturer and tutor, pursuing an honours course.

A 2011 QACI graduate, Brandon chose to write a business Extended Essay focusing on the business Golden Circle, scoring a top A result.  He believes that the task   “gave me practical research skills that I can use now in tertiary study”. His advice to the QACI students currently beginning Extended Essay included:

Have a working relationship with your supervisor.

Choose a topic you are genuinely interested in.

Use credible resources.

He emphasized that “time is not your friend at QACI”. He encouraged students to explore the topic , to “let the interest and enthusiasm flow. If you enjoy it, your writing will flow and it will reflect in your work”.

Speaking as an experienced student, Brandon also told students to se the internet critically and most importantly to avoid a topic that was too broad, vague or inappropriate.  He noted the value of utilising the bounty of resources provided at QACI and QUT, something that wasn’t available to him at the time he was here.  His key point was that:

“There is only one person standing in the way of you getting a 36/36, and that is yourself.”