Celebrating graduate Felicia Nguyen

Celebrating graduate Felicia Nguyen

Determination to get the most out of her time at RMIT led Felicia to become an inspiring mentor for aspiring university students, using her wealth of experiences as a source of guidance.

Inspired by many of the student that have come before her, Felicia chose the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) at RMIT to dive into this artistic world, developing her skills and gaining hands on experiences. 

“Before deciding to come here, I had heard and seen so much of what made the program so special. Most especially was seeing the work of many artists and designers I admire on social media who were RMIT students and alumni,” Felicia said. 

However, when she started her degree in 2020 the pandemic hit and like all students in Melbourne Felicia was forced to study from home making her feel like she was missing out on what made university so special. 

Determined to make up for lost time on campus, Felicia joined RUSU (RMIT University Student Union) as a student representative to fully immerse herself in the culture of RMIT. She was appointed Communications Officer in 2022 and transitioned to the Clubs and Societies Officer in 2023. 

“These were such big roles that gave me a front row seat to university life and I was set on getting the most out of being on campus.”

Felicia mentioned that some of her RUSU highlights were Campus Fest, the Welfare on Wheels program, Compass Marketplace and the End of Exams parties where she celebrated all her hard work from the semester with her peers. 

Some of my favourite days have been running around during RMIT’s Campus Fest to interview each of the club stalls to showcase as much of our student life as possible. I am constantly so inspired by all the student leaders who put their all into making the university an inclusive and welcoming space for everyone.
Chrissy Ngyuen in text image Felicia immersed herself in university life as a RUSU representative, while diving into the artistic world of design.

Using her experiences for good

Felicia’s journey and her involvement in RUSU were instrumental in her role as a SNAP (Schools Network Access Program) Champion through RMIT’s Diversity and Inclusion programs, where she provided mentoring and guidance to high school students looking to attend university. 

“My university experiences have made me really passionate about working as a SNAP Champion as I get to share all that I’ve learnt through navigating tertiary education with younger students who were like me and had no idea what university life could even be like,” she said. 

Melissa Keean, the Equity Outreach Program Advisor, spoke to Felicia’s passion when it came to supporting her peers.  

“Felicia exceled in this role and stepped up above and beyond on program delivery days to build positive rapport with the visiting students and teachers and provide them with an excellent experience of a university immersion day” 

“She is an outstanding student, employee and peer mentor and is a fantastic ambassador for the university,” Melissa said. 

What’s next for Felicia? 

Following a cadetship at the Doxa Youth Foundation, Felicia has successfully landed a graduate position as a Change Management Consultant at KPMG. 

Although she is nervous about making a big leap into the corporate world, Felicia is so excited to get more experience and continue her amazing journey. 

Reflecting on her time at RMIT, Felicia shared some insights that encourage us to be open to all the opportunities that may come by. 

“Even if I wasn’t confident in myself, it was only through being open to new experiences and pushing myself out of my comfort zone that I have met all the wonderful people I know now that have supported me along my journey.”

“You never know who or what can lead to your next lifelong friendship, job, or discovery of new passions,” she said.  

30 November 2023


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