Celebrating graduate Kayla De Silva: A remarkable force in the world of law

Celebrating graduate Kayla De Silva: A remarkable force in the world of law

After harnessing opportunities throughout her studies, Kayla emerged as a remarkable force in the world of law.

As the first in her family to pursue higher education and embark on a legal career, Kayla embraced the mantle of responsibility and determination. Melbourne's atmosphere of self-reliance and independence nurtured her journey of self-discovery, fostering personal growth and shaping her character.

“Choosing RMIT for my tertiary education has proven to be the best decision I ever made, largely due to the institution's position within the heart of Melbourne.

The opportunities that this location has afforded me in terms of networking, internships, and clinical placements have been instrumental in shaping both my academic path and my personal growth,” she said.

Kayla’s journey at RMIT extended far beyond academics. She engaged in various extracurricular activities, such as participation in student committees and advisory boards, as well as pursuing internships and clinical legal placements.

“I had the privilege of engaging in various extracurricular activities, including participation in the LLB Student Staff Consultative Committee, the RMIT Law Advisory Board, the RMIT University Student Union, and the RMIT Law Students’ Society,” she shared.

As the President of the RMIT Law Students’ Society, Kayla not only contributed to the academic community but also developed essential competencies in team leadership, public speaking, and event coordination. These skills will undoubtedly prove invaluable in her legal career.

My university journey was not confined to academics alone – it resembled an intricate mosaic of experience, with each individual component serving as a distinct chance for personal development, forging connections and contributing to the community. These encounters not only enhanced my academic endeavours but also furnished me with priceless skills and outlooks as I venture into the professional sphere. 
Graduate Kayla De Silva Kayla proudly representing the RMIT Law Students' Society and the third year Bachelor of Laws students while at the 2023 RLSS Careers Conversations Evening on July 20, 2023, at RMIT University's Storey Hall (Building 16) with the Law Institute of Victoria (represented on the left) and the Australian College of Applied Professionals (represented on the right).

A bright future beckons

Following her graduation, Kayla plans to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, a crucial qualification that will equip her with the skills and knowledge needed to transition into the legal profession.

Kayla has also been accepted into the Department of Health and Aged Care Graduate Program in Canberra, marking another significant achievement and a testament to her unwavering commitment to academic and extracurricular activities during her time at RMIT.

“My overarching objective is to evolve into a practising lawyer, leveraging my acquired knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact on the legal profession.

I am committed to serving clients with unwavering dedication and contributing positively to the broader community by championing the pursuit of justice,” she said.

Kayal De Silva After harnessing opportunities throughout her studies, Kayla emerged as a remarkable force in the world of law.

Advice for future students

Throughout her journey, she has gained a wealth of experience and wisdom, and she is eager to share her advice with new students and upcoming graduates:

  • Craft your educational experience: University life goes beyond textbooks. Forge your unique path by exploring extracurricular activities, events, and clubs that resonate with your interests.
  • Prioritize self-care: Tend to both your mental and physical well-being, set aside time for relaxation, exercise, and nurturing your hobbies.
  • Balance planning for the future and savoring the present: Have goals and aspirations but don't lose sight of the joys of the here and now.
  • Embrace imposter syndrome: It's a sign of growth, and you can overcome it by acknowledging your achievements and seeking support from peers and mentors.
  • Cultivate confidence: Work on self-assurance by preparing thoroughly, seeking feedback, and practicing public speaking.
  • Network like a pro: Establish connections early with legal professionals and fellow students. Join law student societies and attend law-related events to expand your network.
  • Discover your support network: Surround yourself with individuals who will stand by your side during your academic journey, enhancing your mental health and well-being.
15 November 2023


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