Meet Danica Macababbad: Bachelor of Commerce student

As a high school student, Danica knew she wanted to study at The University of Melbourne, but she didn't know which course was right for her. Here she reflects on what led her to studying a Bachelor of Commerce and the advice she has for future students.

"When I was in Year 10," Danica says, "I was considering several areas such as law or psychology. Commerce wasn’t even on my radar as I wasn’t interested in any business subjects at school. However, when going into VCE, I decided to take up subjects in Business Management and Economics because my parents encouraged me to give it a go and explore further options."

Eventually, Danica explains, these ended up being her favourite subjects in school. "I became increasingly interested in the world of commerce as I came to realise that what I was learning in class could be applied to everyday life. I wanted to learn more about how I could play a role in such a fascinating field.”

After finishing top of her class in VCE Legal Studies and VCE Economics, Danica was accepted into a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management and Marketing. Now in her second year, Danica says that the reality of studying at the University of Melbourne has lived up to her expectations.

I have had such an enjoyable university experience. I feel that the reason I enjoy studying at the University of Melbourne so much is because of the people I have met along the way.

She says that whether it's through classes, clubs and societies, or even spending time in the library, she's relished the chance to connect with others. "I also love the campus life, the culture, and the fact that it is so close to the heart of the city!"

This sense of connection is what she advises future students to take advantage of. "Don't be afraid to reach out to other people. It's likely that they're also feeling nervous about starting university, so why not take the first step and make it a memorable moment that you can laugh about in the future. Who knows, these people may end up being your lifelong friends."

Danica is enjoying her studies, and keeping her options open for the future. She would recommend a Bachelor of Commerce degree to other young people who are curious about the world and looking for a degree with practical applications.

Commerce is an amazing discipline. First year students get to experiment and try out a range of different subjects in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and more. And there's plenty of time before you have to choose your major specialisation in your second year.

Danica manages to balance full-time study with a part-time job, volunteering as a social media coordinator with a non-profit organisation, serving on the committee for several Student Union-affiliated clubs and societies, and being a Student Ambassador and a Peer Mentor for first-year students.

“I’ve learned there is a lot more to university than just studying. It’s also important to put yourself out there and network with other students and professionals, explore opportunities to gain experience related to your field, and get involved in university life as much as you can to make the most of what is on offer. The opportunities at university are endless!”

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