The Life of a Business Student, Yoshni Chandra

Meet Yoshni Chandra, our inspiring Business student who at the young age of only 19 years old, has already managed to complete an internship while juggling the demands of study and work.


Why have you chosen to study the Bachelor of Business?

I started at APM studying the Bachelor of Business (Event Management) because I believed this would be a creative and fast-moving industry that I would excel in. However, after spending some time in a Conference Organising company, I realised I was not well suited to this lifestyle. Torrens then allowed me to drop the Events specialisation, and with this straight Bachelor of Business course I’ve been allowed to experience elements of Marketing, Public Relations and Tourism that are shaping my career aspirations.

The most enjoyable element of studying the Bachelor of Business is just being able to learn! Being able to put my hands in so many different pots, and learning so many different areas of business, hospitality and how the world is run and evolves is so fascinating.

What is the best part of your studies?

The best part is definitely how I’m reacting, adapting and growing with each Trimester. I am constantly realising my talents, strengths and where I naturally excel. For example, I’ve excelled in the Accounting and Statistics courses, though I’ve never particularly enjoyed mathematics or commerce. It made me realise that my brain is wired in such a way that makes these skills come a little more naturally to me.

Are you studying online or on-campus?

I’ve studied a mix of both – when I was not working, I really liked face to face classes. I enjoyed the experience of learning and bonding with a small group of peers. As my life has gotten a little busier, I’ve moved to more online classes because it allows flexibility and cuts my commute into the campus. Both study modes have their benefits and their downfalls, and you just have to experiment, explore and find what works best for you.

Are there any lecturers that have stood out to you the most? 

There is one lecturer that has stood out as the most dedicated and caring lecturer I have ever come across. Going above and beyond to ensure all her students are understanding the content, have the tools to excel and is there for any and all queries. It has been such a privilege to work with this woman and I hope her students don’t take her for granted!

What are your top tips for studying online and on campus?

On campus: Read the content before class.

Online: Read the content and do the activities. Show up for yourself and for the education you’ve decided to pursue. Take the readings as a learning activity and not a chore. There is so much still to understand in this world and it’s a privilege that you have the opportunity to discover it.

The most enjoyable element of studying the Bachelor of Business is just being able to learn! Being able to put my hands in so many different pots, and learning so many different areas of business, hospitality and how the world is run and evolves is so fascinating.

What is student life like? What is a typical day for you?

Student life is hectic, busy and very fulfilling for me.

There is no such thing as a “typical day” for me as all of my days look so different! A Monday for me looks like an early morning, a cup of coffee on the train and 8 hours in the office with my conferences at Arinex. A Tuesday looks like pyjamas and my online class content. Thursdays generally look like the Sydney Harbour and 3 to 6 hours of class, and Sundays, as with all Torrens students, look like the countdown to midnight when my assessments are due!

What are your top 5 tips for anyone living in Sydney? 

  1. Don’t take this beautiful city for granted!
  2. Stay living with your parents while you can (no need to feel independent with today’s rent prices).
  3. Save the earth – carpool or catch public transport.
  4. Be patient. In a city where nothing ever stops, it’s okay to take a breath and wait for the red to turn green.
  5. Get out sometimes and see some greenery! Space and nature is important.

Have you done any of your work experience or placements? What were the highlights?

I completed my industry hours in a variety of ways. Starting off, I volunteered at the Taste of Sydney Festival and VIVID Sydney Festival to get a taste for events. I then spent 6 months at Arinex (a Professional Conference Organising company) doing a part-time internship, which led to a part-time paid position this year.

The most significant and interesting part about gaining work experience whilst studying is seeing the tangible, real-life implementation of the theory you are being introduced to. Having both a theoretical base and practical experience in the business world is invaluable to your growth in any professional sphere.

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What are some of the achievements you are most proud of?

I have achieved a lot in my short life, I think. From excelling at school, to music education and achieving many peak awards, I think I’ve worked hard and had the spoils to show it.

The achievement I am most proud of so far has been realising that none of this matters unless you are approaching your life with kindness, purpose and intention. Success is not the end of the road, it’s the path you travel. I’m learning to celebrate small successes, and show up each and every day for myself and my future.

“None of this matters unless you are approaching your life with kindness, purpose and intention. Success is not the end of the road, it’s the path you travel. I’m learning to celebrate small successes, and show up each and every day for myself and my future.

What motivates you?

I’m really into mental health awareness, doing meditation and yoga to tend to the mind and body at the same time. A Kula (yoga community) I’m blessed to be a part of has one intention – ‘Find What Feels Good’. This simply means that everybody is different, mentally and physically, and you have to find and discover what is best for you, as it will be unique in serving you in the best possible way.

What hobbies do you do outside of work?

I play music! I’ve been learning the violin ever since I could hold one, and still pick it up to play, along with some other instruments I’ve adopted along the way. I’m also a member of Girl Guides, and you’ll find me volunteering with my 10 to 14 year-old age group, going on camps and teaching them lifelong skills. I enjoy doing yoga and meditation, and you’ll never find my cat far away from me when I’m at home.

What advice would you give to someone looking to study a similar course?

Show up! The most important thing is to show up for yourself, for your education, for your internship, for your voluntary position, for your employer. Put in the work and it’ll be paid back to you ten-fold. Don’t worry about whether you will end up where you picture right now – the business world is so dynamic that you may find yourself in a job that doesn’t exist at the moment! Show up, and the rest will sort itself out.

What advice would you give someone who is considering studying at Torrens?

Take a look, do your research and come and find a home at Torrens if the university speaks to you! Understand that tertiary education is going to be hard work, but that everybody in this community is there to support you in this new stage of your life. You’ll already have one friend in me!

When will you graduate? 

Everything going according to plan, I will finish up after Trimester 2, 2018! (June 2018)

 

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