Bachelor in Commerce


Rheea Busawon believes that sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. “Tip toe if you must,” she said, “but take the step.”

For 19-year old Rheea, leaving her family in Mauritius to pursue her studies alone in Australia was a massive step. As the first person in her family to complete higher studies, she has been driven by the desire to be independent and to make her family proud but she has had to be her own mentor along the way.

Currently in the second year of a Bachelor in Commerce, Rheea is studying at our City Campus. She said, “The staff are very friendly, especially the international, marketing and commerce departments. Everyone has really helped me to adjust to life in Melbourne, which is completely different to Mauritius. Every day is a new adventure.

“The City Campus is on Flinders Lane, which is a really pleasant and busy laneway famous for its cafés. During my lunch breaks, I enjoy walking along the laneways or eating my lunch at Federation Square and enjoying the local talent. The campus is also next to the City Library, which has a huge variety of research books. You can revise and prepare assignments and we also have access to computers and free Wi-Fi,” she said.

As part of her course, Rheea has had to give formal presentations, which she has really enjoyed. She said, “The presentations really helped me discover my public speaking talent and boosted my courage. My lecturers were really encouraging as I had never done a presentation in English before.”

“The group discussions in classes are really enriching and interesting as you see different people from different background sharing their views and culture. Our classroom is like a multicultural platform where you have a taste of different countries.”

“The small classes give us all the opportunity to express ourselves and gain individual attention from our lecturers. The teachers are really accessible. At any time, you can leave them a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible. They make sure everyone is participating in class,” she said.

For those considering study at Box Hill Institute, Rheea said, “I would recommend Box Hill Institute to my friends as I really enjoy studying here and life is not just inside the four walls of the classroom but you also get the opportunity to make new friends and go to events like free lunch, awards night and so on.”

Rheea has not only settled into life as a student at Box Hill Institute, she also a school ambassador. She said, “Many students turn to me when they are having difficulties in subjects or when they are trying to get used to Melbourne life. I personally believe that when you have such a pleasant and enjoyable environment surrounded with lovely teaching and non-teaching staff it really encourages you to work hard and achieve your best.”

Like many students, Rheea is acutely aware that she would not have achieved all she has today without the support of her parents and many Box Hill Institute staff, in particular Nikita Singh in the International department, her course coordinators Doctor Farinoush Farhadieh and Doctor Melanie Dare, and her lecturers John Ferrito and Dr Syed Abbas. She said, “I just want to let them know that I really value their presence in my life and again thanks for everything.”