Published on 2 May 2013
A University of the Sunshine Coast Paramedic Science degree has taken Arantxa Stevens to Cairns to launch her career as an advanced care paramedic.
“I now work for the Queensland Ambulance Service in the beautiful Tropical Far North city of Cairns,” said the 23-year-old former Mountain Creek State High School student.
Arantxa officially received her Bachelor degree from USC at the Graduation Ceremony on campus at Sippy Downs last month (5 April).
“I have so many opportunities ahead of me,” she said.
“Within the QAS I may further my skills to become an intensive care paramedic, working on helicopters and with rescue teams.”
Originally from Toowoomba, Arantxa deferred a degree in Brisbane and a receptionist’s job to return to study on the Sunshine Coast because of family circumstances as well as USC’s reputation for five-star teaching and facilities.
She lived at Wurtulla with two other USC students before moving to Cairns in January this year for the full-time job.
“I found that USC’s Paramedic Science lecturers and tutors were incredibly helpful,” Arantxa said. “They did not just teach the information; they had lived it and worked in the industry as practising paramedics.
“It was daunting to come back to study after a break, however the staff and students made it not only an easy transition but an enjoyable one.”
She said USC’s new building for Paramedic Science, built in 2011, was outstanding because it provided hands-on experience using real equipment.
“The degree taught me all the theory and practices I required, as well as leadership, working as a team, ambition, personal drive and life skills that aren’t in books,” she said.
— Julie Schomberg