‘Until I moved here, I used to just be part of the crowd’

By Our Reporter
RMIT student Rowena Caroline

RMIT student Rowena Caroline on what makes the institute special

For Rowena Caroline, studying the Master of Marketing at RMIT University was a goal she first envisaged almost 10 years ago from her home in Bengaluru, India.

Her first encounter with RMIT was in 2010, when she stumbled upon her best friend’s brother’s RMIT graduation pictures on Facebook.

“I hadn’t seen anything like that before, it was such a grand event and I was in awe,” she said.

Rowena had already completed a Bachelor of Business Management in India, but inspired by the RMIT graduation ceremony, and seeking a program with more creativity, she applied to study marketing at RMIT.

Leaving home and establishing herself in Melbourne was a massive adjustment but Rowena said reaching just reaching RMIT felt like achieving a goal.

“There were a lot of things I had to figure out—the transport, finding a house and living independently. There were a lot of things I had to learn the hard way.”

But her determination paid off.

Alongside a newfound confidence, she discovered RMIT Activator—an educational and supportive space for entrepreneurial students—and took out first place in a university-wide innovation competition, the RMIT Fastrack Innovation Challenge.

“Until I moved here, I used to just be part of the crowd. I used to just apply myself and wonder if I would get through,” she said.

Now she is looking forward to attending the graduation ceremony—soon to be experiencing that very same moment she first saw over social media all those years ago.

“Thinking about attending the ceremony gives me goosebumps,” she said.

“I had to overcome a lot of challenges and tough times to come to this day. That’s why being able to finally see my dream become a reality is so special to me.”

Rowena will graduate at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on Wednesday 18 December, where she’ll join more than 9,000 new graduands from across RMIT’s vibrant global network.

RMIT is a global University of technology, design and enterprise and where teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing student experiences.

Founded in 1887, RMIT is a multi-sector university with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied and innovative research, and engagement with industry and the community.

With three campuses and two sites in Australia, two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Barcelona, Spain, RMIT is a truly global university. RMIT also offers programs through partners in destinations including Singapore, China, Indonesia and Hong Kong, and has research and industry partnerships on every continent.


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