Published on 7 February 2013
High-achieving Burnside State High School graduate Kathryn Hooper has set her sights on a career in health that will involve physically improving the lives of people of all ages.
Kathryn, who scored an OP1 last year, has enrolled in a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The Woombye teenager said she was looking forward to learning more about occupational therapy, which specialises in helping people develop, recover or maintain daily living and work skills.
Kathryn’s future work is likely to include providing therapy for the elderly, children with disabilities, and those recovering from injuries.
“I wanted to do something that was hands on and practical,” she said. “Occupational therapy is all about helping people and it seemed like the right thing for me.
“I was never really sure what I wanted to do when I was younger. But I came along to USC’s Open Day last year and really enjoyed talking to the people in occupational therapy.”
Kathryn’s background in helping others has included being the secretary of her high school’s Student Representative Council and volunteering as a youth group leader at the Hope Community Church at Burnside.
When Semester 1 classes start on February 25, after Orientation from 18-22 February, Kathryn will join her older brother, Jono, among more than 9,000 students at USC.
Jono, who was the school captain of Burnside State High School in 2010, is studying a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accelerated and is conducting research into wallum frogs.
Kathryn said she chose to study at USC because of its proximity to her home and because of its size.
“Burnside was a smaller school and I enjoyed that. It made it easier to chat with the teachers,” she said. “I think USC will be like that too.”
— Terry Walsh