MyLaTrobe’s Top Student Stories of 2019

Next year, here at MyLaTrobe, we’ll no longer be freshies!

We met so many amazing students in our first year. They’re changing lives, working hard to reach their goals, and taking steps into the unknown.

Take a peak into the lives of those we’ve met in 2019, as we revisit the best student stories of the year.

Melbourne Campus

Mathias Talbo felt he’d failed Year 12. This week, he graduated from La Trobe with first-class honours

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do. It took me under when I failed; it destroyed me. I didn’t feel like I could get up in the mornings. I felt tired and directionless.”

After Year 12, Mathias Talbo felt like his world was falling apart. He hadn’t performed as well as he’d hoped, and a future as a University student seemed out of reach.

Read how Mathias found his passion, excelled in his course and found his future direction at La Trobe.

Discover our top 10 stories from Melbourne Campus here.

Bendigo Campus

Gai Porh Soe LaMyint shares her story on World Refugee Day 2019

The United Nations estimates that every minute another 20 people are forced to flee their homelands for fear of their life. Many of them find their way to La Trobe, and we’re proud to share their stories.

One of our many students from a refugee background is GaiPorh Soe LaMyint, who fled her home country of Myanmar as a small child.

Now 23, GaiPorh is a Pharmacy student hoping she can use her degree to improve the health outcomes of the local Karen community.

Read GaiPorh’s story here.

Albury-Wodonga Campus

When Aaron had a stroke, his family were told he wouldn’t survive the night. Now he’s dancing his way back to graduation and work.

Three-and-a-half years ago, graduation must’ve seemed like a far-off dream for La Trobe student Aaron Powell.

At just 21 years of age, the Business student suddenly found himself in hospital for three months, recovering from a life-altering – and life-threatening – stroke.

Now he’s ready to graduate and has already lined up a dream job for 2020! Read his incredible story here.

Uncover more top student stories from Albury-Wodonga Campus here.

Mildura Campus

Candice’s intensely personal journey back to Nursing

Mature-age student Candice van Doren first began a Nursing degree 20 years ago. But she was prompted to give the course another go after her 10-year-old son, Oscar, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2017.

“The more I’ve gained through life, the more I’m intrigued by the nursing field, and I feel like I do better because I’ve got that experience behind me,” Candice says.

Hear Candice’s story and read her tips for mature-age students returning to study.

Catch up on our other top student stories from Mildura Campus here.

Shepparton Campus

When her little brother was rushed to hospital, Beni discovered her true calling

A swarm of white-coat-clad doctors buzzing around a gurney upon which her little brother laid, struggling to breathe.

It’s an image emblazoned on the memory of Shepparton Nursing student Benichou (Beni) Mbenguele Massika.

It’s also the moment she decided to pursue a life in the healthcare sector. Read Beni’s story here.

Get our top student stories from Shepparton Campus here.

City Campus

‘How I secured a place in a Big 4 Graduate Program’

“If I could travel back in time and speak to my student self, I’d tell myself to keep calm and have faith because things will work out.”

Teji Bali studied a Master of Management at La Trobe’s City Campus, but it wasn’t an easy road to a career in management.

Read how Teji overcame some major challenges to change careers, and scored a spot in Deloitte’s graduate program.

Catch up on more top stories from our City Campus here.