Meet your Holmesglen Student Reps

Michaela Hosking Holmesglen Staff • 16 March 2021

Introducing your student reps

Below are Holmesglen's 2021 student reps. These student reps form the Student Representative Council and will work in partnership with the Institute on matters relating to educational and student life matters. 

 

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Nisura Balasooriya

Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics

Hello everyone! My name is Nisura Balasooriya. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics. I like the construction industry because it gives me the ability to work outside at the construction sites as well as in the indoor office environment. Additionally, the industry is full of knowledgeable tradespeople who are usually happy to give insight into their particular craft. The knowledge that these trade professionals have is priceless. The construction industry gives me many opportunities to meet a diverse group of individuals and allows me the use of a multitude of different equipment, tools and machinery. Holmesglen has given me the opportunity to study in an industry-recognised institute that offers small class learning, which enables the students and the lecturers to be more engaged and collaborative with each other. The facilities that Holmesglen has to offer as well as the student community from all around the world, makes the student experience more exciting. As a student representative, I hope to be the voice and the bridge which connects Holmesglen students and the administrators to make the student learning experiences run smoothly, fulfilling each and every one of the student needs and requirements. 

You can contact me by emailing nbalasooriy@student.holmesglen.edu.au 

 

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Simran Kaur 

Bachelor of Information Systems 

Hi, my name is Simran Kaur. I am pursuing my degree in Information Systems and I am in the final semester. In my degree, I focus on how to apply technology to business and its usage to benefit a firm in a commercial setting. Holmesglen has provided me with a supportive and encouraging environment. The course coordinators, lecturers and students are always helpful and professional. Holmesglen has helped me to push myself to the limit and reach  my potential. 

As a student representative, I wish to represent my peers. Being an international student, I can relate to different people from different walks of life and connect with them. I hope to advocate for others, encourage them to take part in activities and improve their learning experience at Holmesglen. 

You can contact me by emailing s57@student.holmesglen.edu.au 

 

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Divya Sharma

Diploma of Nursing

Hi! I am Divyangana (Divya). I am a Stage 3 student of the Diploma of Nursing at the Moorabbin campus. I have been part of the Holmesglen community for a year now. I chose Nursing at Holmesglen due to its innovative teaching methods and well-equipped labs which play a vital role in assisting me and giving me the appropriate training to become an enrolled nurse. 

Holmesglen has given me an amazing group of friends and teachers. My teachers have been supportive and always come through when I'm in need. During the pandemic, I've found my little family at Holmesglen. 

My aim as a student representative is to be the voice of those in need. Effective communication between students and staff is important and I aim to act as a channel to maintain the same. I am bilingual and will be able to provide additional assistance to those who speak Hindi. 

I am a strong mental health advocate and have been spreading my views through my blog. I am excited to be part of the Student Council and to help students both academically and socially. 

You can contact me by emailing dsharma15@student.holmesglen.edu.au

 

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Anandpreet Singh

Bachelor of Nursing

 

Hi! My name is Anandpreet Singh. I am currently studying the Bachelor of Nursing at Holmesglen. I came to Holmesglen in 2020 after completing my high school. In starting, it was difficult for me to adapt in a new environment and interacting with people after coming from a different country. However, the way Holmesglen teachers and staff members have helped me to adjust was remarkable. 

As a student representative, I would like to help students who are facing issues regarding their studies and social life. As a student representative, I would like to become the voice of students who can communicate with the institute and solve their issues. 

You can contact me by emailing asingh205@student.holmesglen.edu.au

 

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Teresa Lam

Bachelor of Accounting

Hello everyone! My name is Teresa Lam. I am a penultimate year student at Holmesglen undertaking a Bachelor degree of Business Accounting. I have chosen Holmesglen because it is one of the largest providers of vocational and higher education in Victoria. I have enjoyed small class learning which has enhanced better performance. I am passionate about Holmesglen and representing and advocating for student rights. As a student representative, I endeavour to engage students into Holmesglen activities and improve Holmesglen facilities. From my experience as a Student Ambassador and GDP representative, I have learnt the importance of synergy and win-win, together we can go further.

You can contact me, by emailing nlam29@student.holmesglen.edu.au

 

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Victoria Varlet

Bachelor of Hospitality Management 

Hi! I am Victoria and I'm studying a Bachelor of Hospitality Management. I am a proud stage 4 student at Holmesglen Institute. My sister is an ex Holmesglen student from the same course and I had the chance to see the professionalism and excellence of Holmesglen lecturers. Also the organisation, student concern and involvement made me choose this Institute for studies. I have never seen so much time, attention and care given to students anywhere and I love studying at Holmesglen. I hope to achieve what students expect from me and be able to provide help and understanding to them through communication. I want students to see me as a facilitator between Holmesglen and themselves, so that we can grow as a family.

You can contact me, by emailing evarlet@student.holmesglen.edu.au

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Swetta Libera (Council Chair)

Bachelor of Hospitality Management 

My name is Swetta Libera and I’m currently a stage 5 student completing a Bachelor degree in Hospitality Management. I chose to study at Holmesglen because it has won several industry Collaboration Awards, including the Victorian Training Awards, which is the State’s showcase for the "best of the best" in the TAFE and training sector. A Bachelor of hospitality at Holmesglen also offers operational and higher level management skills, contextualised for hospitality. Holmesglen staff are highly qualified with industry experience and they provide hands-on experience at their Cilantro and ZEST restaurants on campus. As a student representative, I hope to be the voice of reason for many students and contribute to a better learning environment that’s conducive to success. 

You can contact me, by emailing slibera@student.holmesglen.edu.au

 

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Trav Hallam 

Diploma of Youth Work

 

Hi, I'm Trav, I'm 32 years old and an Aquarius.

I have been a student at Holmesglen since February 2019, where I studied a dual course in Youth Work & AOD (alcohol and other drugs). After successfully completing both courses, I decided to continue my studies and complete a Diploma in Youth Work which I have almost completed and have loved every moment of. 

I chose to study at Holmesglen as I felt a 'TAFE' learning environment would be easier to grasp - considering I had left school 13 years ago. Holmesglen also offered the course I wanted to study. Throughout my experience at Holmesglen, I can clearly state that the teachers are AMAZING and have greatly influenced my passion further to succeed.

As a student representative, I hope to be able to advocate for others, address concerns and actually achieve results. I hope to make changes so that everyone feels supported, heard and treated fairly and with dignity. 

I am extremely passionate towards mental health. I'm someone who always gives 100% and genuinely wants to help. I have some previous experience in similar roles and feel confident taking on a position as a student representative for Holmesglen. 

I look forward to connect with everyone and hopefully getting to meet with some of you over this semester. 

You can contact me, by emailing thallam4@student.holmesglen.edu.au