Published on 22 April 2013
A Rockhampton woman who hung on every word said at the University of the Sunshine Coast during her Arts (Creative Writing) degree is now pursuing a career in the publishing industry.
Kusangalala Naomi Mkoka, who graduated from Heights College, Rockhampton, in 2008, has now graduated from USC after attending its ceremony on 5 April.
“USC’s Creative Writing course has really taught me so much,” said the 21-year-old.
“It has honed my writing ability and I am now equipped with the knowledge I need in regards to my craft and getting work published.”
Kusangalala is currently doing English tutoring for high school students while working on a short story anthology.
“I hope to work for a creative journal/magazine and I am looking into script writing as another avenue,” she said.
She said the chose the University because of its great rating in the Universities Guide, the coastal lifestyle and the expertise of Professor Gary Crew who heads USC’s Creative Writing discipline.
“It was amazing to study at USC,” Kusangalala said. “The teaching staff are, in a word, outstanding. They are so open, friendly, helpful, encouraging and enthusiastic – it’s infectious.
“I loved having my thoughts challenged and expressed, and exploring so many different ideas. I could have talked endlessly with classmates and professors about different philosophies and thoughts.
“Studying at USC has been the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s changed my life. I felt like I belonged.”
— Julie Schomberg