Opportunities + goals = success for CQUni Business student

Published:19 May 2016

Tenille Da Rin Perette, above and (below) second from right at the CQUni Cairns campus opening and Senior Leaders Conference in November 2015, with CQUni Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman and Student Representative Council members.

Second-year Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Accounting) student Tenille Da Rin Perette has wholeheartedly embraced her university experience and all it has to offer.

And in doing so, she’s been recognised and rewarded for her ongoing efforts.  

Her growing list of credentials is impressive, to say the least.  

So far this year she’s taken on the role of Secretary for the CQUni Business Student Association (CQUBSA), she’s a co-founder and co-president of CQUni Mackay’s Golden Z Club, an Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) Ambassador, a CQUni Ambassador, a  Student Representative Council (SRC) Mackay-Whitsundays representative, and a Campus Life Committee member.

All of these organisations are dedicated to engaging and supporting university students with their studies and extra-curricular needs.    

Tenille said her secret to staying on track with her studies was the ability to multitask.

“It’s important to find a balance,” she said.    

“I’m really finding that helping out others is a release for me from the stresses of study; and it also allows me to stay connected and involved with my university, which I am very proud to be a part of.”

With Tenille’s assistance, the groups she is affiliated with have made some remarkable achievements thus far; some of which include:

* The CQUBSA has helped students form study groups.
* The Golden Z Club, which operates under the umbrella of Zonta, has begun recruiting members and encouraging students to become more involved in university life.
* The AHRI is planning a grand student forum.
* The SRC (of which Tenille is the Mackay-Whitsunday member) has introduced a Clubs and Societies Handbook. This guide helps students start up their own university club and provides information on access for funding to do so.
* The SRC has also helped to improve Moodle, CQUni’s learning platform that allows students to interact with each other and view lectures, etc. 
* The Campus Life Committee has organised and promoted a number of on-campus networking events for students.

* As a CQUni Ambassador, Tenille has helped potential students get ready to tackle – and make the most of – their own university experience.  

But that’s not all.

In 2015, Tenille was awarded a Rio Tinto Hail Creek Mine Scholarship to the value $4000 over two years.    

Tenille said the scholarship gave her an opportunity to develop professional relationships with Rio Tinto staff.      

“Being an employee of Rio Tinto seems very rewarding; it’s such a fantastic organisation that is highly people-and-community orientated,” she said.

“Representing Rio Tinto as a scholarship holder has been a great experience, and I hope to remain in contact with the people there who have helped me with my professional development.”  

Tenille also was recently selected to attend a four-day National Student Leadership Conference in Canberra in September.  

This conference aims to help participants develop both professionally and personally, and gain confidence and leadership skills.      

This highly-motivated student also is aiming to apply for a scholarship to attend Global Voices, an overseas experience in which the chosen candidates develop and present a research piece of international significance. 

Tenille said she felt privileged to have had these tremendous opportunities available to her at CQUni Mackay.      

“I love university life – but I’m a firm believer you only get out of it what you put in to it – so I’m investing 120 per cent,” she said.