Council of International Student of the Year 2018
On Wednesday, 27 June, Box Hill Institute’s Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Rheea Busawon was awarded with the 2018 VET/TAFE International Student of the Year Award from the Council of International Students Australia (CISA). CISA is the national peak student representative organisation for international students studying at all levels in Australia and its awards this year were held in Cairns.
Rheea said, “Being CISA International Student of the Year is a big honour and means a lot, not just to me but also to my parents. Winning the award is my way of saying thank you for believing in me to my family, my lecturers, and the support system at Box Hill Institute, in particular, the Commerce department and the International team.
“The International team at Box Hill Institute have really supported me since day one of my studies. I had never been to Cairns and I would like to thank the International team for giving me this opportunity to personally receive my award from CISA. Without their help, I would not have been able to attend the awards night.”
Box Hill Institute awarded Rheea with International Student of the Year for 2017. This experience motivated Rheea to apply for the CISA award. “Winning the International Student of the Year scholarship at Box Hill last year made me believe in myself more. It was my last semester and also my first and only opportunity to be nominated as International Student of the Year nationwide,” she said.
“My parents did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education due to financial and family constraints, but they worked hard to help me study in Australia. Today, they find their success in my success.”
Rheea understands the hardships international students face when studying in Australia and is willing to help her peers. She said, “It has always been a pleasure for me to help others. No one can understand how hard it is to be an international student. I often receive messages and meetings from other students as sometimes all they need is a friend, someone to share experiences with or need advice.”
After winning the CISA award, Rheea is excited to be the voice of International students nationwide. She said, “Being a student ambassador at Box Hill Institute really helped me in becoming an independent and confident person. Box Hill Institute helped make my life an inspiration for others. I enjoy listening to the stories of other students and sharing my own.”
Rheea aspires to be an entrepreneur and build a business empire with her mother, who is her biggest inspiration and hero. Rheea would also like to acknowledge the support from her homestay hosts and considers her host, Caroline Caroll “like an Australian mother to me”.