Hanin Wehbe is a teaching student who is intent on changing young lives around the world for the better.
I came into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) fresh out of high school and had, until that point, lived only through the eyes of a student. During school, I noticed a correlation between the relationship I had with a teacher and my grades. I learnt firsthand the lasting effects of a teacher’s influence. It was this experience as a student that motivated me to dedicate my life to empowering young learners through education.
The smaller class sizes and tight-knit cohort at the Brunswick campus makes it an extremely comfortable environment to learn in, and I never feel like ‘just a number’. Teaching, being a social profession, invites friendly and energetic personalities that flourish in group environments. This made it easy to make friends and work well with randomly assigned groups.
My greatest challenge with this degree is something I’ve always had difficulty with – time management. Unlike in high school, there is nobody demanding draft work with a deadline but instead there is software that deducts marks one second after a due time and date! Luckily, I’ve never had a late submission but enough close calls to make me realise this is a problem!
The tutors in this degree have a rich understanding of teaching, learning and engagement, so we’ve been able to work with engaging role models. I’ve learnt as much from my tutors’ teaching and engagement strategies as I have from the coursework. That said, I’ve learnt even more from my school placements. By giving us practical experience in classrooms (rather than solely observing) every year, RMIT has created strong links between the theory and practice of teaching. Additionally, because of the comfortable environment and social community, RMIT has nurtured my confidence far beyond the classroom.
I’ve long believed education to be liberating and empowering, so I have my heart and mind set on teaching abroad in communities with restrictive education systems. I hope to use this degree to equip my students from anywhere in the world to improve their employment opportunities and quality of life.
Education is a career path that depends on selfless motives – nobody becomes an educator for salary or title. Those who can sincerely value each learner’s education, aspirations and happiness work for the intangible reward of changing lives for the better.