With 2017 coming to an end, we sit down with Isabella, who is currently studying Event Management at APM to discuss her experience of transitioning from high-school to university.
I can’t believe how quickly time flies, this time last year I was like you; anxiously awaiting my HSC ATAR results, stressed, nervous and excited about what was to come. Finishing High School was such a great achievement for me, plus finding out that I was able to study something, Bachelor of Business (Event Management), I had been dreaming about since I was younger, was incredible.
I was lucky enough to have two Universities accept my enrolment, so tossing between the two (one mainstream, big university, and one smaller, college-style university), I came to the decision that APM College of Business and Communication was the right fit for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I had researched this fully. I visited The Rocks campus three times in 2016. I even took my family there on one of their Open Days. For me, it was really important that I felt comfortable at the University. I wanted to meet some of the lecturers and current students, and see how accessible it was by public transport. I also really liked the small class sizes, allowing you to engage with your Lecturer and classmates. Also, all of the textbooks/readings are available in an online library (which means all the money you save can go into other better things, like travel, partying, clothes).
“University is crazy different to High School, and one of the best parts of The Rocks campus is how open and friendly everyone is. From the Academics, to Marketing, and all of us students – we pride ourselves on our community spirit and being a welcoming and diverse business college.”
After attending an Open Day, I learned that one of the units is an internship. That’s over 400+ hours of industry-experience you get before you even graduate! I also met some of the Student Ambassadors and asked them how to apply for a Business Scholarship. That night, and a few red-bulls later, I had written up my Scholarship Application and applied. I’m now one of the Business Student Rep’s, so please come say hi to me if you come to Open Day, I’d love to answer any of your questions!
My best piece of advice to any prospective students out there: don’t be scared on orientation day, or on attending any of our events. You will literally meet people like me, who were also in your exact same position. University is crazy different to High School, and one of the best parts of The Rocks campus is how open and friendly everyone is. From the Academics, to Marketing, and all of us students – we pride ourselves on our community spirit and being a welcoming and diverse business college. I’ve made some amazing friendships already in my first year. I’ve attended (and hosted!) some cool end-of-trimester parties and felt really welcome in this new environment.