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Naveen Pallepola

I am a final year student at La Trobe, hoping to graduate in December 2017.

I entered this beautiful university in March 2016. I really enjoyed all my classes. I got the opportunity to socialise with students from many parts of the world which opened my eyes to different cultures. The campus itself is quite alluring and I was able to make wonderful memories within these boundaries.

La Trobe’s curriculum and way of education broadened my way of thinking, and I am hoping to make use of the knowledge I gained here to bring innovative solutions to the problems my country is facing.

I am so thankful to have received my higher education from this wonderful institution, and to be part of celebrating 50 years of La Trobe University.

DuongAnh Pham

I studied at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus.

It was a great experience! I got to experience the Australian education system as well as learn about agricultural life and Australia’s history.

I had a lot of opportunities to learn closely from (and socialise with) a diverse range of people including a lot of international students, Indigenous Australians, and Bendigo locals.

Lucas Fraser

I attended La Trobe for one semester as an exchange student, and it inspired me to share my story through YouTube videos.

I am now 50 videos into a 100 video challenge and learning all kinds of thing about the world and myself.

I share my story every day on my channel.

Jacqueline Payne

Growing up in Sydney there were not a lot of choices in studying media. After trying a university in Sydney, I researched and discovered La Trobe was offering the first intake of a new media degree the following year.

The first time I’d been on a plane was to fly down and complete my enrolment, and, as soon as I walked into the Bundoora campus, I knew I had made the right choice. I elected to stay on campus at Menzies College during my first year and I made some incredible friends. The degree was small, personalised, and incredibly empowering as it allowed the choice of elective subjects. I majored in Radio Production and completed Cinema Studies as a minor. My time at La Trobe was incredible, especially the friendships I made. In January of this year, I went on a cruise with my Menzies next door neighbour and, just last night, I met up with another La Trobe graduate to have dinner as he was in Sydney for the week.

After the first year at Menzies, I shared a house in Thornbury with other La Trobe students and we made full use of the many social adventures on offer. Every Thursday we went to bar night at the Eagle Bar, we spent many days sitting in the Agora between lectures drinking coffee, and made full use of the student services and facilities. Often there would be a “keg” on and I can’t imagine that in this day and age that would still be the case but, for all of us, experiencing the first taste of independence La Trobe was a safe, inclusive, and welcoming place. I made wonderful friends from all over the world, many of whom I am still in contact with and I have many friends who met at La Trobe and later married, welcoming little La Trobe babies to the world. It was a magical time and a magical place and it enriched the tapestry of my life so much. It was much more than a university, it was a way of living, and speaking to acquaintances about their own university days, I know that those who attended La Trobe had a very fortunate experience.

My own son is now fifteen and starting to consider his own tertiary options and, although we live in Sydney, he, too, is drawn to the courses and lifestyle La Trobe offers. After graduating from La Trobe, I went on to retrain in education and now am Head of English at a high school in Sydney. I would definitely consider further studies at La Trobe if the opportunity arose as many of my friends who have gone on to complete their degrees have done it at La Trobe. We had a lot of fun, fantastic lecturers, and a truly unique experience at La Trobe, and for that I am very thankful.

Caitlan Wall

I was inspired to go to La Trobe mainly because my older brother attended, and he had an absolutely great time on campus.

I moved from a country area in order to attend La Trobe, and I don’t regret the decision whatsoever.

Starting mid-year was a challenge, but the environment is great, and I cannot wait to finish my degree!

Georgia Nenna

Mid-year last year, I decided I wanted to study psychology and start my journey to becoming an art therapist.

I applied on a Wednesday evening, not knowing what the application process would be like, and to my surprise I was accepted the next morning.

Starting in the second semester was definitely a challenge, and now that I’m doing first semester, I’m re-learning a lot of things I wish I had known last year!

Peter Jarvis

Sitting in the Agora on a rare Melbourne’s sunny day. I talk to the music students; Michelle, the ‘little red haired girl’ from Doncaster, Janelle, the Principal’s daughter from Yarrawonga, Pete, who drives an old pink car, and James, who is an older student and has a striking resemblance to Barney Rubble. This was not an unusual way to start the day at La Trobe.

Later, I go to a lecture; Peace Studies with Tom Webber. A fantastic lecturer who understood the value of searching for questions rather than just answers. Here, I sit with the quiet but brilliant girl from Menzies College and the Vietnam War veteran who has returned to study.

After lunch, I have a zoology prac. They always felt like they went on forever. My prac partners; a ranger from Parks Victoria with an unusual name, and a girl from the country who lived in Chisholm college and had a passion form James Taylor music.

Then it was time to avoid the temptation of the Union Bar as I walked back to the motorcycle car park and started my journey home.

While I didn’t love the distance I had to travel to get to La Trobe each day, the diversity of experiences and friends that I made while I was there is something that I will treasure forever. It has been 20 years and I have lost contact with most of them by now, our lives have all gone in different directions.

I don’t think Tom was surprised when I graduated and joined the police force. Many years later, I am now a teacher and it is my turn to share a passion for learning and inquiry with the students that I teach…

Adam Rosenow

I was a first year student in macroeconomics at La Trobe, and I was struggling to understand macroeconomics.

I explored many books from the University’s library and then complained to the lecturer about how I couldn’t understand the text as well as some of the other books that I had read. I felt very awkward afterwards realising the author of the book was the lecturer I approached. He attended my graduation party years later and we’re still good friends.

I loved how La Trobe supported difference!

Kristina Vingis

I was one of the original 511.

A unique privilege to be among the first intake of students, to start with a blank page, with the freedom to do things and establish things for the first time.

The editorial page of the first edition of ‘Rabelais’ published on July 24 1967

Like starting a student newspaper – roll the presses! First published on the 24th July 1967, I can’t remember who came up with the name ‘Rabelais’ – perhaps it was the founding Editor Michel Lawrence, or Dick Wright, or perhaps it was the paper’s roving photographer, Alan Street. Nonetheless, it was going to be ‘The Mouse that Roared!’ with a cover price of 5 cents, although I can’t remember anyone who actually paid for it, either! I was a member of the editorial staff/production staff/reviewer for the first issues.

My battered and yellowing early copies are on their last legs – if they have all been digitized, I look forward to reading them again online.

Rischa Riahta Purba

I was a lucky student, who was chosen as an exchange student at La Trobe University.

Coming from Indonesia to study at La Trobe University for a semester has given me broad experience, not only for my academic program but also for my social life. The system is different with my home university had given me an opportunity to study better, especially with very generous lecturers and enormous book supplies at the Library. Living in a diverse community has given me an opportunity to socialize with people from different countries and to learn their culture as well.

Rischa Riahta with her friends from FOCUS

I was an introverted person, so I’d rarely initiate a conversation first, but I have so many friends because of the campus’ Union’s Expo. I met some interesting people because they invited me to join their union. Even now, I am still in touch with my FOCUS friends. They are very friendly, and I thank La Trobe University for having that kind of Union, so for a student like me, who has come from overseas could not feel lonely and have positive activities at the campus.

Although it’s been more than two years since my study at La Trobe, I really want to go back there to reminisce on my memories there and to meet the friendly friends there.

Thank you La Trobe.