It’s easy enough to feel drowned out among a sea of students. But Stevania Li says she found her voice and it counted.
Stevania remembers her uncle showing her around the RMIT city campus. Even though she had only recently set foot in Australia from her home country of Bali, she knew it was for her.
“I clearly remember that I could see myself studying here,” she said.
“Coming from a family that is already doing business, it was a natural path for me to follow,” she said.
“The Associate Degree was really practical with a good overview of real life business examples.
“I had small classes and the teachers were all really supportive. I also made some really good friends.”
Being new to the country, Stevania pushed herself to make connections at RMIT. She joined the Student Learning Centre (SLC) and Student Learning Advisor Mentors (SLAMs), using the services as a learner and an advisor.
She also volunteered at RMIT Open Day and found talking to future students was a learning experience in itself.
“I recommend that prospective students come along because it can help you to figure out what you want to do - for me that’s to explore business,” Stevania said.
But it was her role in the Student-Staff Consultative Committee that helped Stevania feel really empowered. As a student representative she gave feedback on a range of program-related issues including timetabling and workload, and honed her leadership skills.
“As a student I felt like my opinion mattered,” she said.
“It’s amazing how RMIT has this small group to discuss the problems relating to the program and the classroom with students and tutors on a different level.
“Most of the time there is a miscommunication and a small group like this is very influential on improving the student experience.”
Stevania’s advice to newly arrived international students is to join as many groups as possible so you can develop friendships and foster academic support.
“It’s a bit of a culture shock moving to another country but you adjust after a while and it all becomes easier,” she said.
“As an international student it’s easy to feel lonely but RMIT has various clubs students can join. The will get used to the pace and the slang words you soon enough.
“Lastly, just have fun!”