Natalie Lonyai


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Natalie Lonyai

What are you studying?

BComm - Accounting and Finance.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

I am a strong advocate for animal welfare, and am already involved in volunteer roles for non-profits that support the rehabilitation and re-homing of abandoned dogs. In the future, I would like to play a larger role in supporting the welfare of animals. My long-term career goal is not only to advance in my professional career as a Chartered Accountant at a global firm, but also to be on the Board of Directors for a non-profit animal welfare organisation, and do all that I can to support the cause and make a difference.

What you are interested in outside of Uni and work?

I am the Vice-President and co-founder of Curtin Accounting Association, I volunteer for K9 Rescue Group and Greyhound Adoptions WA, as well as for UN Women National Committee of Australia, raising awareness for gender equality and the HeForShe campaign.

If you had any advice for your fellow students about tackling university or preparing for the 'real' world, what would it be?

It's not just about grades. Although it is important that you understand the content and can perform to a high standard, several other things contribute to your employability, such as your personality, your practical experience, your skills, extracurricular activities, working style, etc.

What was your first impression of studying accounting/business?

That it was exactly what I wanted to do. When I first left high school, I studied Nursing for a year, and then worked professionally in real estate for three years. Although I learnt a lot in these roles, and enjoyed the experiences, I never had the fulfilled feeling that I was in the field that was right for me. As soon as I started my Commerce degree and began my Introduction to Accounting unit, I knew that I had finally found the right fit for me and I am genuinely excited for the future and developing my career in accounting.

What was your fondest memory from university so far?

Moving from studying fully online in my first semester of my first year to studying fully internally in my second semester. A large part of the university experience is on-campus, and the friendships I have made and opportunities I have had on campus have been incredible. If your lifestyle accommodates studying internally at all, I say go for it, there is no other experience like it!