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​A desire to be a successful farmer and a love of numbers led Rainier Culwick to enrol in the Bachelor of Commerce (Applied) at Box Hill Institute.

“What made the course at Box Hill Institute more appealing than the other business degree courses that I looked at was that it could be completed in three years, rather than four, and that it included the traditional business subjects, along with accounting qualifications. As I love dealing with numbers I thought this course suited my interests best.”

Rainier enrolled in the course straight from high school and said the most surprising aspect of the course was the passion of the teachers.

“There are a lot of contact hours with the teachers and they are always happy to answer your questions. The teachers really have a strong passion for us to pass. If they see potential in you they will push it. They make you work hard but it’s good. The class sizes are small, about 15 per class, which I think makes a big difference as the teachers get to know you and you are not just a number in a lecture hall.”

Rainier has not found the transition from high school hard at all, on the contrary.

“I’ve found it a lot easier than high school because I am just focusing on subjects that I enjoy, and the teachers really want to work with you. I’m really enjoying the course and the mix of people which includes some straight from high school as well, some who have taken a gap year and others who are mature age students.”

The Bachelor of Commerce degree opens up a career path with countless possibilities. Rainier hopes to use his degree to help his application to join the police force, before settling down later in life to fruit farming.