Maddie Kentwell

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Maddie Kentwell

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High school attended: Smith Hills High School (Wollongong, NSW)

Degree: Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science

Target graduation date: 2017

My journey: I finished high school in 2009 and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I went to my local University (Wollongong) under the pressure of my parents. Here I completed a year of a commerce degree. I soon realised that this wasn’t for me and withdrew from study. In this time I travelled overseas with friends and participated in local community events. I then completed my Certificate IV in Personal Training whilst also working full time for a real estate company. Through these experiences I feel I learnt a lot about myself and what I wanted to do as a career path, help people through what I love doing most, health and fitness. I found the course I wanted offered at USC and was enticed by the experiences and lifestyle it offered. I made the move in January and have loved every minute since.

Other: I would like to be involved in the following; Study Overseas program, an internship and community projects which take place in Africa and Fiji.

Career aspirations: To go on to further postgraduate studies and then work in hospitals rehabilitating patients who lost the ability to complete everyday tasks due to disability or illness.

Why did you become an Ambassador? To share my experience (Uni isn’t all late nights, essays and daunting lecture theatres) and the opportunities USC has to offer and through this hopefully encourage more students to consider USC as their preference for university.

What do you like about USC? The ‘community’ feel and positive atmosphere. I came to USC knowing no-one and was unfamiliar with the area. Both peers and teachers made me feel welcome immediately, helping out whenever needed. USC also has a ‘glass half full’ approach, with lectures and tutors encouraging you through every task and assisting and doing everything they can to assure you do everything to the best of your ability. Also, of course the lifestyle which comes with being located on the Sunshine Coast.

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