Vashti has crammed a lot into her time at university, and said it was the experiences outside lectures and tutorials which brought her closer to her peers.
A standout moment was when she attended Hanyang University in South Korea as part of a short overseas study program.
“I found myself immersed in a vibrant new cultural, surrounded by students from diverse corners of the globe,” she said.
“The experiences unfolded through daily interactions, collaborative learning, and shared exploration of South Korea.”
“Yet, the true beauty of this experience lay in the connections formed with fellow students.”
It was back home though where these connections would thrive.
Vashti’s kind-hearted nature shone through when she took a group of international students under her wing to make them feel at home, including planning and leading a trip to the Grampians.
“I took it upon myself to plan and lead a small group of international students on a trip to the Grampians where we stayed with my family friends on their farm,” she said.
It was not only an unforgettable adventure but also a testament to the power of camaraderie in enriching our lives.
As an active contributor to positive change, Vashti aims to inspire positivity through small but impactful actions, including arriving to class early to greet each student as they arrived and organising coffee and lunch outings.
Vashti also took it upon herself to create online class group chats, which not only facilitated academic collaboration, but also served as a conduit for building friendships beyond the classroom.
“The response was heartening, as peers expressed gratitude for the warm and inviting atmosphere cultivated through these initiatives.”