After five years working on her career, Stephanie was determined to improve her business prowess and competitive strength working in a multicultural business environment, deciding to undertake a Master of Business Administration/Master of Marketing at the University of Newcastle.
During her degree she had the opportunity to participate in a leadership program, iLead Plus, where she learnt practical industry skills, competed in a national entrepreneurial competition against other university teams and mixed and mingled with experienced people in the field.
“I learned incredible presentation skills, collected a lot of great and creative business ideas and these became the driving force for my progress,” Stephanie said.
Outside of study, Stephanie frequented Newcastle’s golden beaches, gourmet eateries and the on-campus gym. During the holidays she went on roadtrips to the Hunter Valley, a famous wine-growing region and to Port Stephens, a popular dolphin and whale-watching destination.
She loved the convenience and community spirit of living on campus at International House and the cultural and social activities offered to students.
“I really enjoyed the multicultural environment of the University of Newcastle and safety on campus. The convenient location means you’re close to study areas, the library, student centre, career hub, gym and health service centre, all of which are on campus.
“Callaghan offers a free shuttle bus that can take you to the city campus, NUspace, easily. Jesmond shopping centre is also nearby.
“In 2019, the international women's day held by UON United Nations Society gave me a chance to show Chinese cheongsam（旗袍）to people from different countries and also broaden my horizons to the culture difference and tolerance,” Stephanie said.
Stephanie got a job on campus working at UON Global assisting prospective international students and also volunteered at a local marketing consultancy where she put into practice many of the marketing and analysis skills she learnt in her degree. She recommends to other students thinking of studying at University of Newcastle the value of getting involved in meaningful on-campus and off-campus activities.
“Clarify and plan your goals well in advance. Maintain good interaction with your classmates and mentors. Don`t be afraid to ask for help from your lecturers because they are very kind and willing to help.
“Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey,” Stephanie said.
Stephanie (Yu Rong)
A desire for self-improvement led Stephanie (Yu Rong) on a journey to Australia to study an MBA and Master of Marketing at the University of Newcastle.
Clarify and plan your goals well in advance. Maintain good interaction with your classmates and mentors. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your lecturers because they are very kind and willing to help.