From the moment you pass through the doors of university on your first day, you begin to envision the years ahead. You foresee the moments of struggle and success, the friendships to be made and the hundreds of late night coffees to be had. And then, before you realise it, graduation day is here.
The new RMIT graduates at the SUSS campus, clasping flower bouquets and their prized degree certificates from RMIT University, posed for endless rounds of selfies with their proud parents, happy siblings and friends.
We asked them, their parents and teachers what made their time at RMIT so special.
"I got a job as a personal banker with Singapore’s UOB even before my RMIT graduation ceremony. My degree is clearly well recognised by employers. In fact, I was told I was overqualified for the job!"
Ms Felicia Heng
"What I found most impactful was the exposure to real-world, hands-on applications, such as the use of practical tools to evaluate the investment value of companies. I chose RMIT because assessment here is split equally between exam results and performance in assignments."
Mr Liang Jia Jun
"One of my teachers came down to the campus on one of her days off to give us extra tuition, while another gave me his mobile phone number so I could call him anytime I needed help. I was impressed with their dedication."
Mr Low Zhong Wei
"I came to Singapore from Indonesia for RMIT’s programme as I had heard very good things from friends who attended it. I am impressed by how it is a good balance between studying, presentations and the learning of practical skills."
"Student life was incredibly diverse and vibrant with lots of organised activities, such as orientation events and even a prom night, which created close bonds. I now have lifelong friends from Singapore, Malaysia and many other countries!"
Ms Evelyn Setiokusumo
"I have learnt amazing things here, especially in the field of macroeconomics. After some working experience in Singapore, my dream is to return to Myanmar to start my own import-export business and help support my father who sells rice."
Mr Kyawlwim Tum
"As I had studied tourism in a polytechnic, I could obtain my RMIT degree in a shorter timeframe of 1.5 years. What I have learnt is really relevant in the real world; it’s akin to having a stepping stone for my career."
Mr Clayderman Tan
"I chose RMIT because I preferred an assignments-based system to an exam-based one. During the process of group work and teamwork, I also made a lot of friends from other countries."
Ms Jovinne Sim
"We are proud that Alvin has graduated with this degree; this is only the first step in a long journey."
Mr Lim Siow Meng (Father of Alvin Lim)
"His (Dipangshu) RMIT education has opened up his mind, and he has become more mature and responsible. I am certain what he has learnt here will help him do well in life."
Mr Kirti Kumar Doshi (Father of Dipangshu Doshi)
"The practical experience our RMIT graduates get through case studies and practical links to industry ensures that they get jobs. In Singapore, they also get access to an incredible network of 43,000 alumni, which creates a strong community."
Professor Ian Palmer, Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Business), RMIT University