Mildura / Five stories that got you talking in 2019

What a year it’s been at La Trobe’s Mildura Campus.

MyLaTrobe was lucky to be there as you navigated all the assignments, exams, work placements, overseas exchanges and social fun times that made 2019 one to remember.

Here’s some of our favourite stories that we captured at your fabulous regional campus.

Agribusiness students dream big for future

There’s a bit of a stereotype that agriculture is old-fashioned or uncool. These Mildura student dispel those misunderstandings within minutes of meeting them.

Abraham and Xavier are just two of Mildura’s enthusiastic, forward-thinking Agribusiness students with sights set on a long career in the changing sector.

One wants to become a rural banker, the other an Ag marketing expert. But they both agree on the need to move with the times.

Yasmeen knows how fragile – and how important – peace is

Sadly, many will remember 2019 for the horrific acts of violence in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mildura Student Association president Yasmeen was personally affected by the terror, which happened on the eve of Cultural Harmony Day.

She used the occasion to call for understanding, love and openness between people from different backgrounds. We are indebted to her for showing such grace in the most difficult of circumstances.

Mildura artists impress

Just take a look around Mildura and you’ll see the environment is ripe with artistic inspiration.

So it’s no wonder our Campus is home to some incredible artistic talents.

Among those we met this year were first-year wunderkind Loughie Kemp, who was awarded by the local council for his bold, dynamic work, and lecturer-turned-Masters-candidate Kerryn Sylvia.

We even got to tour Kerryn’s home studio where her work on adolescent rites of passages is taking shape.

How her 10-year-old son’s illness encouraged Candice back to Uni

There’s plenty of different reasons why people choose to study: career aspirations, self-betterment, curiosity.

For Candice, her calling to the Bachelor of Nursing was forged when her son, Oscar, was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.

Not only does she want to help manage his condition in the future; she wants to improve the way the health system communicates diagnoses to patients.

Managing the study-family balance

We’ve all got stuff to do when we go home from Uni. But it’s probably fair to say students with children have more homework than most!

It never ceases to impress us when parents go back to school, while keeping up with their families and their jobs.

So here’s a big cheer for the mums and dads and carers at the Mildura Campus – we think your loved ones would be proud.