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Huong’s Swinburne University of Technology

Huong finished at Box Hill in late 2014, but she was still dreaming about her BA. Read on to see what happens when you have your heart set on something.

I remember one time, Rosemary, my teacher, told me that I could get a scholarship to do a Master’s Degree in Research at Swinburne University of Technology. I wasn’t sure about that though. My goal was to do my MA in a different country. One of my teachers—who always called me Miss KOTO—said to me: ‘Miss KOTO, you need to become an entrepreneur, you need to do an entrepreneurship at Swinburne because they’ve been ranked among the top 20 unis in the world to provide this programme’. So, the idea was there but I didn’t really look into it then.

One of my teachers—who always called me Miss KOTO—said to me: ‘Miss KOTO, you need to become an entrepreneur, you need to do an entrepreneurship at Swinburne because they’ve been ranked among the top 20 unis in the world to provide this programme’. So, the idea was there but I didn’t really look into it then.

It all started with a conversation (and a letter)

I went to Swinburne one day for a catch-up with some friends telling them that I’m thinking of starting a course there. I also met with an advisor who said to me ‘no, you still need to study at least one and a half years to then apply for a BA at Swinburne’. I told him that I can’t afford that. I tried to sell my skills, showing him that I received a scholarship award and I’ve already studied for three years, I talked on and on about my volunteering at KOTO. I had all this experience, after all! When I finished my speech, the advisor told me that I should go for the Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I had my doubts, to be honest. This would have been a big jump, going from an AA straight to an MA. He said that the only thing I need to do was to show them how much I want this.

I did just that. I applied. I sent the letter. Then, it was silence. I didn’t hear anything back from the university for quite a while. On my birthday, I attended an event and one of the participants was from Swinburne. I told him, of course, that I’m still waiting for my offer letter. And on my way home… surprise! I got the letter. I got accepted to Swinburne! I knew that Rosemary, my former teacher at Box Hill University, moved to Swinburne, so I emailed telling her about the big news. She wasn’t surprised at all since the people managing the MA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme contacted her for references. I was so excited!

I did just that. I applied. I sent the letter. Then, it was silence. I didn’t hear anything back from the university for quite a while.

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