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Gates and obstacles no barrier for OP1 student

13 Feb 2017

An OP1 student who is a talented snowboarder and show jumper is about to launch into a Business degree at USC.

Maroochydore State High School graduate Emma Hutton, 17, of Maroochy River has worked as a snowboarding instructor for the past three northern winters in Canada, where she spent much of her early childhood.

Emma said she hoped that studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) would give her the skills and knowledge to build a marketing career in the ski resort industry.

“I felt that doing a Business degree at USC would open up a lot of different doors, and allow me to travel more,” she said.
“I’ve loved being exposed to the marketing side of running a major ski resort when I’ve been working as a snowboard instructor.

“I see myself in that field because it’s an area where my passion meets my study path. Marketing allows you to be a bit creative, which I’ve always enjoyed.”

Closer to home, Emma achieved excellent high school results while competing in high-level show jumping and dressage competitions around south-east Queensland.

She currently works as a groom at an elite show jumping stable, and plans to continue her pursuits in equestrian while studying at USC.

“Working with horses is definitely a passion and a stress release for me,” she said. “It really helped me get through Year 12,” she said.
“Studying at USC really appealed to me because it meant I could stay on the Sunshine Coast, near my horses, and have the lifestyle I love.

“I didn’t want to have to change my whole life to get a degree, I wanted to keep a balance, and USC was able to offer that to me.”

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Maroochydore State High School graduate Emma Hutton, 17, of Maroochy River.

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