What's next... for Tanyya Varshney

Tanyya has always enjoyed identifying patterns in life - so the Master of Data Science was the perfect fit.

“My whole journey has been exciting. I have learned a lot of things... I have evolved." — Tanyya Varshney, Master of Data Science

Tanyya first heard about RMIT when she was living in her home of Delhi, India. Her brother recommended the university for its diverse range of programs and the teaching staff.

"He also told me that he had a lot of fun there,” says Tanyya. “When I looked at the reviews, the course structure, the teachers and Masters of Data Science degree, I realised I could do it and I was pretty excited”.

Moving to Melbourne was a big step for Tanyya, but making social connections quickly helped her settle into university life. “Moving from India to Melbourne was a big challenge, because I didn’t have any family support here and I did not know anybody,” she says. 

“A few of my friends had come here and I thought, ‘If they can do it, I can make my way through this thing’". 

“Making friends wasn’t that difficult though, because Melbourne has a pretty diverse culture and you meet people from different backgrounds every day - and they are open and friendly as well. 

“So the environment here is really warm and approachable, you don’t feel like you are a misfit and that’s what I really like about Melbourne.”

Tanyya now has a list of her favourite Melbourne spots for everything from sightseeing to coffee.

“Top of my list is the Yarra River, then the Docklands area and the beaches,” she said. “The beaches are so calm and quiet, I mean there are so many people there, but then it’s still so quiet and peaceful. 

“I really love roaming around in Melbourne and plus I love the coffee here and I am a coffee freak.”

While Tanyya says there’s a lot to like about Melbourne, it is the foodie culture that has really captured her interest.

“I love exploring food so when I came to Melbourne I tried so many different cuisines,” she said.

“I tried Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish... Out of all of them, I love noodles. My guilty pleasure is to take a big bowl of noodles and tuck in!”

The Master of Data Science program not only teaches students about the theory behind analytics and computer science, it also focuses on preparing students for working in a corporate environment. The practical elements of the program, including projects based on solving real-world problems, have resulted in a covetable internship for Tanyya. 

“The best thing about RMIT is its industry connections,” she said.

“Last year we participated in a Datathon. ANZ was the main sponsor and the competition was about Melbourne public transport data. 

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Learn how Tanyya turned a lifelong interest in patterns into an internship at ANZ, and find out what she loves about Melbourne.

“A few of my classmates and I grouped together and developed an app that would give you the best transport for your journey. So you put in your journey, and it calculates whether you should take a car or public transport for your specific journey. That is how I got an internship from ANZ.”

After completing her Masters, Tanyya hopes to land a data science job in Melbourne.

“My whole journey has been exciting, I have learned a lot of things. I have evolved,” she says.

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