What our students say

Elise Stow

Elise Stow says staying at home to study not only relieved the stress of being away from family but opened so many opportunities that would never have been possible in the city.

Starting her degree in the Arts program at La Trobe's Bundoora campus, Elise had her sights set on studying law. So when she moved back home after the first year, she was accepted into a Bachelor of Business.

'I studied a lot of the law subjects while doing Arts, and still had my sights firmly set on law when an acquaintance told me about an opportunity for a cadet accountant at a local firm.

'So I applied for the job and I got it. It's a really different experience to Melbourne where the process is generally to go for grad positions once you finish rather than while you're still studying.'

Elise said it was the support of her lecturers that meant she was able to study while doing the cadetship, and still completed her degree in the original timeframe.

'They're small class sizes so the lecturers really know you. They were so flexible so I was able to work and study and it wasn't a problem at all.'

Elise was able to start a Diploma of Chartered Accounting straight after graduating from uni, having gained the two years' required work experience through her cadetship.

She's now finished the diploma and is moving into a high level accounting role in Sydney.

'Without the opportunities I had by studying in Albury-Wodonga I definitely wouldn't be where I am now. People always discount staying at home to study but there's just so much support for your career – you gain so much more than just a piece of paper.'

Om Guragai

Stepping into the 'real world' after three years at uni brings nothing but excitement to the face of Om Guragai, with his sights set firmly on his lifelong passion of helping people in need.

Motivated by his childhood in a Nepalese refugee camp, where he often saw people die of preventable diseases, his desire to work in health is now becoming a reality after securing a grad position at Wangaratta Hospital.

'After Year 12 I wanted to start my career in nursing because of the opportunities in the long term, eventually I'd like to specialise in critical and emergency care,' he said.

'Then I'd like to volunteer, maybe in Africa or somewhere where they don't have a reliable health system like we do here.'

Om recently returned from a two week community placement in Nepal. While there he was able to visit a nutritional rehabilitation centre for malnourished children, a Chitwan hospital and a centre that rescues women from the sex trafficking industry. He said this experience only made his passion stronger.​

'I was deeply affected by the experience because I could relate to it after my childhood, I feel really grateful for what we have here and know that I have the opportunity to fulfil my dreams.'

Duncan Jaroslow

You don't have to spend more than five minutes in the company of Duncan Jaroslow to learn more about ants than most people would in a lifetime.

The passion this Honours student has for his research is obvious as he enthusiastically explains the way studying a unique species of ants could influence the way we understand the effect of climate change on sub Alpine environments.

Based within the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC), Duncan is equally enthusiastic about our campus.

'I completed my Bachelor at the Bundoora campus but when I visited the Albury-Wodonga campus I knew this was where I wanted to be. I better connect with my study in a natural environment and love the relaxed culture here.' Duncan also said he'd been given great support by his colleagues at MDFRC.

'I finish my Honours in July and I'm tossing up whether to continue on to a PHD or explore other study and work options. The team at MDFRC have really got to know my interests and are always keeping their eyes open for opportunities that suit my goals.'