Lauren applied to the Diploma of Business and started the pathway program in February of 2021.
The sudden jump back into education was a huge learning curve as she had to relearn the basics of education, such as how to study, write an essay, and analyse case studies.
However, once finding her footing, Lauren regained her love of education and felt as though she had found her place – a place where she belonged.
“Starting with a diploma was a good introduction back into study life, and I like how there’s an option for you to opt out of the pathway after two years if you didn’t want to continue into higher education,” Watson said.
Watson decided to continue her pathway into the Bachelor of Business (People & Organisation). She noted how RMIT’s pathway options for an undergraduate degree are unique in Australia and was surprised more people weren’t utilising it.
Watson is thankful for her tutors who created a supportive space where students who come from a rural, low socio-economic background can learn and feel included.
Dr Patricia Dina Pariona-Cabrera, who teaches RMIT’s People Analytics Course, found Watson’s perseverance to achieve academic goals during her studies truly inspiring.
“Lauren has been an outstanding student demonstrating a keen understanding on any subject matter and consistently producing high-quality work,” Pariona-Cabrera said.
“I am confident that she will find many job opportunities due to her skills, knowledge and experience.”
Reflecting on her time at RMIT, Watson said it has been one of the most eye-opening, soul-searching and unbelievable experiences of her life.
“Too often, people with backgrounds like mine find themselves victims of a perpetuating cycle related to these circumstances, and often do not know how to break out,” Watson said.
Whilst the journey has not been easy, Watson noted that it has been extremely fulfilling through meeting many incredible people who have shaped her outlook and future, coming out on the other side as a better person.
“This is not a sad story; this is one of triumph,” Watson said.
“One that I’m proud to share, and one that I hope could somehow, someday, inspire others with difficult backgrounds to go after the things they want in life.”
Learn more about the various pathway options offered at RMIT University.