Gurmeen Kaur details her experience as an international student at RMIT.
Hi, my name is Gurmeen and I am studying a Bachelor of Fashion (Enterprise) at RMIT. I'm from India and I've come Australia so I can experience the wonders of the fashion industry on a global scale.
Why did you choose to study at RMIT?
My course curriculum includes collaboration with industry, research and community partners in a range of activities, including collaborative projects, placements, virtual studios and case studies that ensure I will be involved in current industry practices. It provides the technical and professional knowledge and capabilities to work in fashion enterprise within the global fashion industry. So, this university is the best option for me.
I also wanted the opportunity to live in a culture that highly values fashion and aesthetics as that will significantly improve my future prospects in the fashion marketing field.
What do you hope to do with your qualification?
I think being a graduate in the Bachelor of Fashion (Enterprise) course will help build a strong base for my future, as this course doesn’t only lead to one career option, but opens up hundreds of different roles. In terms of my perfect job, I have decided on fashion styling which will help my creativity to shine through in many different ways.
Why did you choose to study in Melbourne?
I have chosen Melbourne as it is an excellent location. It was voted the World’s Most Liveable City and also Melbourne universities offer outstanding support for international students, including help with language services, housing, social connection and finance. It is one of the safest cities to live in.
How do you feel about being in Melbourne?
I feel I’m one of the luckiest people to have travelled in the pandemic to study and build a bright future. So far, Melbourne is such a beautiful place - I love it.
Moving away from home to start university brought a mix of emotions and worries, from how to make friends to finding my way around a new city. It has been very intense. In my situation, it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous and excited at the same time, but I’m looking forward to all the fun of socialising and gaining independence in a new environment.
What are you excited to do/see while living and studying in Melbourne?
Melbourne’s winding alleyways are magical and make me feel like I’ve stepped into a real-life Wonderland. Hosier Lane is so inspirational. Being part of a creative industry like fashion, I’m lucky to have so much talent in the place where I’m going to study and research.
I am also in search of good food, and I heard that Centre Place is a great location to find plenty of places to eat.
Have you felt supported by RMIT?
The day I joined the RMIT family, I was in my home country and since then until today when I’m in Australia, RMIT has made me feel secure like a bodyguard. RMIT has been like a parent at each step and supported me like a teacher. Before coming to Australia, RMIT sent me coupons for $200 so that I could shop anything I like. I also received emails that updated me about each and every event.
What advice do you have for others travelling to Melbourne?
One thing I could have done while I was in my home country is doing proper research and attending online seminars by the university and government to have as much information as possible.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.