Dream bigger – advice for students

By Ly Nguyen Phuc, Bachelor of Commerce student

Phuc is a first-semester Bachelor of Commerce student and a RMIT University Vietnam scholarship recipient.

Rather than just focusing on grades and ‘perfect’ academic results, I believe it is much better if you study because you have a strong passion for what you like and an urge to change the world. Through your time at university, you will not only acquire new skills and knowledge but also learn to push yourself forward. Below are some of my ideas on what specifically you can do to push yourself forward, and achieve what you’d like to accomplish at university and in your future career.

Time Well Spent

Apart from your academic work, you can do more research about topics that you are interested in your free time. When you are knowledgeable, you will be more ready to communicate with inspiring and awesome people who you meet at university. Spend your time with them and those people are very likely to motivate you to be a better person. And do not forget to inspire others, too.

Change your view of grades and ‘studying’

For many RMIT Vietnam students (and likely students elsewhere), an HD grade (the highest possible) is something they always want. Of course this may be one of your highest priorities as well, but you should not study for grades only. To help you do this, I’d suggest the following attitudes or approaches to your studies and the outcomes of your studies:

  • Be independent
  • Be proactive
  • Be open to being inspired and inspiring others
  • Be self-motivated

CV + Grades = Enough?

When it comes to applying for a job, good grades do not help much to impress the company and the HR managers. The person they choose must either have personality or a good story. Your personality will show in several team-building or interview rounds. If the employer finds your story interesting or feels empathetic with you and what you have been through, you will have higher chance to be chosen. Furthermore, you should display a positive image in order to get your message across to the audience.

A successful future

If you ever wished for personal success and to work with interesting, talented and successful people at your university or in your future career, dreaming bigger and changing your view and attitude towards your academic work and its relation to your future could help you get to where you want to be.


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