Bianca Millroy

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Bianca Millroy

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High school attended: Smithfield and Atherton State High Schools (Cairns, Far North Queensland)

Degree: Bachelor of Creative Writing (minor in Screen and Media Studies) – Graduated Nov 2016. Current: Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing)
Target graduation date: 2018

My journey: Upon graduating Year 12 in 2009, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at JCU in Cairns, however after the first year, I decided it wasn’t the right timing and I commenced full-time work as an Optical Assistant, and then a Property Management Representative for a real-estate in Palm Cove. Three years, and a TAFE course in Tourism, Leisure & Events Management later, I made the life-changing decision to move to study an exciting, brand new program at USC.

Uni involvement: My involvement in the USC community started with a volunteering role at USC's Art Gallery and the Student Guild. I then joined the FRANK About Art group on-campus and also became a Student Mentor Representative after two and a half years volunteering each semester as a Student Mentor and Note taker for Disabilities Services at USC. I have also worked in the Career Development team learning valuable resume-writing and job interviewing skills.

Other: In my time so far at USC, many opportunities have been available to me as a student and also as a staff member. In 2015 and 2016 I attended a one day Smart Steps program with primary school students at USC Gympie, which was an eye-opener to just how switched on kids are about careers and their future. I have also experience in events management from being involved in USC’s orientation and market days and have helped install exhibitions with the USC Gallery curatorial team. Most recently, I attended the Woodford Folk Festival with USC where I had the opportunity to have an article published in Student Life and meet Dr Karl Kruszelnicki!

Career aspirations: Studying and working at USC has become a way of life (and the realisation of a lifelong dream to be waking up every morning with purpose and motivation!) My aim is to complete a Master of Professional Practice in Creative Writing, with the intention of producing a manuscript for publication. In my final semester of my undergraduate degree, I was elected the role of Desktop Publisher for the USC Creative Writing anthology ‘GreyMatter’ and was published in Melbourne’s ‘Visible Ink’ anthology. My areas of interest in writing are historical Australian fiction and unexplained mysteries. My project for Masters is an 80,000 word novel called ‘The Solitary Light’, based on the real-life South Solitary Island Lighthouse off the coast of Coffs Harbour (I have a fascination with lighthouses!) Long-term I would love to remain at USC as a tutor in Creative Writing and continue working in Marketing and External Engagement at USC.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I chose to apply for the role as Student Ambassador because I believe my journey and transition into USC is both unique, yet relatable for prospective students who may be relocating to start their degree at USC. I wish to share my journey to benefit future students and their families, all of whom leave a lasting legacy.

What do you like about USC? USC is an exemplar learning and teaching institution in so many ways. The teaching quality is rated 5 stars and this is evident when new students or visitors first experience USC; their first impressions of the student engagement and culture on-campus are always really positive.

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