Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, Vina made the move to Melbourne to study the Bachelor of Biomedicine. Like a lot of international students moving abroad seemed daunting at first – but the support team at the University really helped Vina adjust and adapt. "You only have to reach out and ask for assistance," she says.
Learning how to be independent, being exposed to new cultures and perspectives – and adapting and adjusting to a new environment…it’s been an empowering experience.
Since beginning her studies in the School of Biomedical Sciences Vina has been part of the Sobat Program, working as a guide for first year university students and the Buddy Program in Trinity College Foundation Studies, mentoring junior buddies.
With plans to become a paediatrician in the future, Vina says her motivation comes from family and friends, who have followed their passion.
“I have a good friend who has inspired me to study medicine – she is an engineer and is passionate about empowering women to pursue careers in STEMM,” says Vina.