Zeynep’s (Zee) connection with RMIT began with a simple visit to Building 22 opposite Melbourne Central.
The diverse student population and the welcoming atmosphere left an indelible mark on her, convincing her that this was the right place for her son, Berat, to pursue his studies.
Little did Zee know that the warmth and inclusivity she witnessed would later become the bedrock of her own educational journey, completing a Certificate IV in Community Services in 2022 and Diploma of Youth Work in 2023.
“Once I had started to think of the possibility of studying Berat was very supportive and asked what options I would consider, I didn't even think of anywhere else as I was already familiar with how supportive and inclusive RMIT was,” she shared.
I was extremely nervous to go and ask if there was any chance for me to start a student life and improve myself for a career change. When I went in to get more information I was surprised and extremely emotional about how supportive everyone's reaction was.
Like many returning students, Zee faced challenges that tested her resolve. The initial nerves surrounding her age as a potential barrier were dispelled by the encouragement of her teachers.
As she navigated the intricacies of being a student, Zee found solace in the supportive environment that RMIT provided. Challenges such as mastering assessment writing were met with the gentle guidance of dedicated educators who recognized and celebrated her progress.
"I wasn't sure how other students would be before I started but I was pleasantly surprised to make a few lifelong friends during my time as a student.
I didn't imagine the teachers to explain the sometimes very dry content in an engaging and understandable way and due to my subjects the sometimes-heavy content in a very professional, educating way,” she shared.