High-achieving international student Nicole Gil says her experience at Victoria University (VU) surpassed her expectations and inspired her to do better in all aspects of her life.
“I chose VU because of the reviews I’d read and the worldwide university rankings. I knew I would have top-notch professors and be working with classmates who would come from diverse backgrounds and have the same goal - to learn and share their experiences with others.
“I did not expect to meet professors who challenged how I see the world and inspired me to do better in all aspects of my life. I was also glad that the assessments for each unit were focused on real-life applications rather than just memorising theories. VU and the course surpassed my expectations.”
Nicole, who is from the Philippines, says she contributed to every class she attended. “I asked questions, engaged my professors and classmates in dialogue and made sure that discussions were lively.”
Motivated to help others maximise their potential and with an interest in interacting with people from different backgrounds, Nicole completed the Master of Business (Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management). "My ambition is to become a successful HR Manager in a non-profit organisation or an organisation with strong corporate social responsibility," she says. "VU has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it easier to perform well, no matter what role I am placed in.”
In 2019, Nicole won the Rumpf Award for Most Outstanding Postgraduate Student at the VU Business School Student Awards. She was inducted as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society based on her academic performance. Not only did Nicole excel academically, she also worked as a student mentor and says she raised awareness of issues she cares about through VU’s Respect and Responsibility program. She contributed to online modules for VU students on Active Bystander Action and Respectful Relationships, and was a panel member for a VicHealth event on Active Bystander Action.
“The amount of support I’ve received from other students, staff, and VU Careers has been overwhelming. Even though I have completed my studies, VU continues to provide me support through VU Careers. I made the right decision to study at VU.”