Hoang Thu Huong’s journey during her Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) program at RMIT Vietnam has been about challenging herself with activities outside her comfort zone.
In high school Huong had a knack for literature. When it came time for university, however, Huong decided to take a different route – just to challenge herself. She ended up taking Accountancy, which she said was one of the best decisions she has ever made.
“I love studying accountancy as it has a balance of logical thinking and organisational skills; both are essential in life,” Huong shared.
“Guest lecturers from industry are the most appealing part of the program. Senior professionals bring real world lessons [into the classroom], and equip us with work-ready knowledge and skills.”
Outside the classroom Huong was very involved in extra-curricular activities. Huong signed up as an Academic Officer for Student Council, a key member of the Student Engagement Support Group, and a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader who helps other students achieve academic success.
Huong then astonished herself by running for student government.
“To my own surprise, I ran for President of Student Council, which I never thought I would have enough courage to do. I did not win, but I grew up in the process,” she recalled.
“These activities made my university life full of joy and memorable moments. Thanks to these activities, I gradually improved my public speaking, team working and negotiation skills.”
A highlight of Huong’s university experience was an exchange to Barcelona, Spain, in December 2016.
Huong received the 2016 Urban Futures Program scholarship of AUD$5000 to participate in an Intensive Exchange program in Barcelona, home of RMIT University’s European hub.
Once again Huong sought to step outside her comfort zone by learning something completely novel.
“The course I enrolled in was Global Cities: Urban Design, which has nothing to do with my major,” she said.
“At first, I thought it was going to be difficult and boring, yet it turned out to be intriguing. We learned about how big cities such as Barcelona addressed population explosion, traffic and fuel shortage.”
Having graduated with distinction from RMIT Vietnam, Huong is now working at EY Vietnam, one of the world’s Big Four accounting firms. Her plan for the future includes studying overseas and ultimately becoming a lecturer.
“RMIT is home to me, where my self-confidence and dreams were well-nurtured. Also, you have room to be who you really are,” she said.
Story: Doan Thanh Van