Abbey Sullivan | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Abbey Sullivan

High school attended: Dalby Christian College

Degree: Bachelor of Dietetics

Target graduation date: 2021

My journey: Growing up on a large cattle property in near Roma in Queensland I had to attend high school at a rural boarding school. I had some serious health challenges entering my senior years and had to travel 300km once (sometimes twice) per week to see my dietitian. This tough season of my life ultimately began to develop a passion within me for nutrition and ultimately helping people. After graduating high school, I received an offer to study a Bachelor of Dietetics at USC and now I could be more grateful with the opportunity and happier with my decision to accept!

Career aspirations: Once I graduate I would love to be a Humanitarian Dietitian, not only working in rural and remote indigenous communities throughout Australia, but war torn countries in the middle east and those in famines such as northern and central Africa.

Why did you become an Ambassador? Coming straight from high school and moving 500km to University, I was nervous and did not know what to expect. Despite the tough beginning, USC has now become my home. I have grown so much since attending and thrived in all areas of my life. I would love to share the enjoyment that studying at USC has brought me and use my journey to encourage people from all ages and walks of life to follow your passion (even if that means moving away from home). Everyone needs a friendly face, support and someone that they can come to with any question as they enter their journey into University. I became an ambassador so I can be that encouragement to all that are going to call USC home.

What do you like about USC? I love the supportive environment. USC is a place which encourages you to grow into the best version of yourself that you can be. Everyone is so friendly and staff members will go out of their way to help you in whatever way is needed. Every lecturer wants nothing but for you to succeed and do your best. There are also many opportunities that arise at USC, even opportunities to travel, and that I am so grateful for.