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High school attended: Catholic College Bendigo, Victoria

Degree: Bachelor of Nursing Science

Target graduation date: mid 2018

My journey: My journey into university started when I was accepted into Nursing after I left school. I deferred and later went on to study a Diploma of Children’s Services. I worked for approximately six years in Day care centres whilst having a family of my own. Having four children and a partner is a fantastic job but I also wanted to do something for myself. I decided to return to university and study nursing which I have always wanted to do. I enrolled in Tertiary Preparation Program and gained direct entry into the course of my choice. This program also gave me the confidence to start my journey. I have since become a mentor to support other students who have begun university and am now a Student Ambassador. I enjoy university immensely and encourage others to pursue their passions as anything is possible.

Career aspirations: I have always wanted to become a midwife. This has been my passion for as long as I can remember. After I complete my Bachelor of Nursing Science, I will complete further study to obtain a midwifery qualification. I will not limit myself with opportunities and explore other areas of nursing also.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I want to get the message out to people that there are many different ways to enter university and that it is never too late. I want them to feel supported and have people to talk to if they need questions answered. I also love working in a team environment and this will assist me in my future career.

What do you like about USC? I love that there is so much support from all of the staff at USC. Everyone is here to assist with whatever we need and they want us to succeed. I have met some amazing people throughout my journey so far, some who I will be friends with for life and that means a lot to me. So, it is not just a magnificent way to learn, but also aids in the development of me as a person.

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