Callum Noel - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Callum Noel

High school attended: Coolum State High School 

Degree: Bachelor of Nursing Science

Target graduation date: 2021

My journey: Personally, my journey to studying at USC is one that is quite unusual. Growing up, I had always had a passion for music and looked to study the profession post high school. During my final year of high school in 2017, I enrolled into the Bachelor of Sound Production in Brisbane which was to begin at the start of 2018. However, due to falling ill, I had to defer my studies.

As a result, I spent seven weeks at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital receiving acute care. Through spending time within a clinical care setting as a patient and spending a lot of time around health professionals, I began to consider nursing as a career. After spending the rest of the year off to recover, I enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Science at USC.

So far, the experience of studying at USC has been thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to the coming years of my study. Getting involved around campus, learning new skills and meeting and interacting with staff and students has been fun and exciting.

Career aspirations: In the future, I aim to begin my career as a general ward nurse to gain experience and hopefully progress further in the medical field. Ultimately, I would like to work in adolescent and youth mental health at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital specialising in eating disorders.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I became an ambassador as I wanted to promote the University, and nursing as a career, to the wider community. I also believe that by sharing my path to study and my experiences as a student so far, I can help inspire others to achieve their goals at USC.

What do you like about USC? One thing that came apparent to me when first starting at USC is the support network available to students, such as academic skills drop-in sessions, and student accessibility and wellness services. Personally, these supports have made the transition to studying as comfortable as possible. Along with this, the amount of diverse nature on and around campus and the university’s emphasis on being sustainable and environmentally friendly makes the campus an enjoyable and exciting place to study, while helping to preserve the area for years to come, which is something I deeply admire.