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Albury-Wodonga / Five stories that got you talking in 2019

What a year it’s been at La Trobe’s Albury-Wodonga Campus.

MyLaTrobe is lucky to have come along for the ride, following you from assignments to exams, work placements to overseas exchanges, and everything else that made 2019 one to remember.

Here’s some of our favourite stories from your fabulous regional campus.

New café with a healthy outlook

By this point, you probably know La Moka’s menu back to front. But cast your minds back to the start of Semester One when Tiffany van Zanden’s team took over the on-campus café.

It’s not every day a chef who trained under Matt Moran takes charge of your University eatery!

Read more about Tiffany’s journey to La Trobe – as both a business owner and a student.

Little fish make a big splash in the La Trobe pond

One of the great functions of our University is how it helps solve big questions about how our world works.

That’s where PhD candidate Lorena Bettinelli Nogueira comes in.

The Brazilian student has come all the way to Albury-Wodonga for her research, which is trying to understand why Golden Perch, Murray Cod and Trout Cod larvae disperse in our river systems.

“It’s a big knowledge gap, and it’s a big issue for conservation purposes – especially when you have rivers being dammed all around the world.”

Science students talk stress and procrastination

We thought first-year students were meant to be shy. Then we met Haylee, Srishti and Millie.

The three friends might only be starting their degrees, but they have already learned a lot about how to handle Uni life. Just listen to the two podcast episodes they recorded with us!

Srishti’s also one of La Trobe’s first-ever Medicine students. You can read about her experiences in the new course here.

Durga Rimal’s long journey to La Trobe

Before Durga came to La Trobe, he spent almost 20 years living in a refugee camp after escaping violence in his native Bhutan.

Adjusting to life in Australia might not have been easy at first, but nothing can stop Durga.

The father-of-two is studying a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work, and has big plans for how to help people in situations similar to his own.

Uni no laughing matter for campus comedian

Like so many of our regional students, Jade Fitzgerald has a lot of string to her bow.
She’s runs a local drama education company, studies a Master of Business Administration and is also a side-splitting comedian!

In fact, her gig at the Adelaide Fringe Festival this year earned her such high praise that she was named Best New Comedy Talent by the Adelaide Advertiser.

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