Millie Cheong

My uni years will always be my fondest ones

Five years ago, I went for a scholarship interview at Charles Telfair Institute (Curtin’s academic partner in Mauritius) with a friend. Little did I know that the following week would be my first day as a Telfairian.

What made my years at CTI memorable were its people. I will always remember how its people believed in me. How I, with a team of three students, were trusted to build the social media presence of the institution. We were treated like professionals; we had a monthly meeting with the Marketing Director where we would explain our social media strategies and our objectives. We enjoyed ourselves more than we thought we would, but most importantly, the feeling of satisfaction after each successful campaign was priceless and rewarding. At that moment I understood that doing a job you love, and with people who trust you, would always bring you more happiness than a job that pays you well.

Right after my final exams, I started working at Move For Art, a cultural event management company. We often work more than 12 hours a day and sometimes, day and night. We would be tired on the day of the event but the feeling of satisfaction would be so much greater, it was worth all those sleepless nights and stressful moments.

Today, it’s been almost a year-and-a-half since I graduated from Curtin University with my BA Mass Communication. Almost a year-and-a-half since I last used a reference site or logged into Blackboard or complained about a lecture being too long. My uni years will always be my fondest ones. Those were the years I met people who put their trust in me, who showed me what I was able to do, what I could achieve. And this is something I will always be thankful for.

Millie Cheong