Poh Lian (Kenney) Loo
Bachelor of Hospitality Management
Everyone has a dream. Since I was a kid, mine has been to achieve a degree. Problem was, my family couldn’t afford for me to continue further study after high school. So I went from my home in Malaysia (Ipoh) to live in Singapore with the goal to kick start my career and save money to study.
Working for more than 15 years in the hospitality industry I moved up from frontline staff to be promoted to a District Manager.
But to really get ahead in your career I realized you need a higher qualification. Although I obtained a diploma in Singapore I was not satisfied and wanted a bigger challenge. To reach my dream I had to give up my life in Singapore and go overseas to study. I decided to start a brand new life in Melbourne, Australia.
“Everything is possible, nothing is impossible”.
In 2012 I arrived in Melbourne. A friend told me Box Hill Institute is the best in Victoria, their fees would be affordable and fit my budget.
Now I’m studying Bachelor of Hospitality Management at Box Hill. 2014 will be my final year. The experience, while challenging, has been a good one and I know is preparing me well for where I want to go in my career.
My first year at Box Hill though was very tough. It seemed a long time since I was at school and studying! Luckily my lecturer and my classmates have been very kind and helpful. I’m so grateful to be finally fulfilling my dream and having the opportunity to study for a degree.
I believe: “No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, Education is going to change your entire life and uplift your value in the new society and real world”.
Studying at Box Hill Institute has given me immense faith, self confidence and I feel strongly uplifted. Thanks so much!