Raymart Walker - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Raymart Walker

High school attended: St Patrick's College, Gympie

Degree: Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Environmental Science

Target graduation date: 2019

My journey: I’d always had a passion for education. Having attended my primary and secondary years of schooling in Gympie, I hoped to enrol in some form of teaching at a university close to my hometown. After finishing school, I moved to the Sunshine Coast and enrolled in a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics.

Fast forward a few years later and I am now also concurrently enrolled in a Bachelor of Environmental Science to expand my science opportunities; have engaged with a variety of activities at USC and in the community; and have developed various new interests in peer learning, and more broadly learning and teaching incorporating the importance of the student voice, as well as Synchrotron research.

Career aspirations: I would love to tie in a bit of travel, with a bit of the tertiary education environment, along with a side of research, producing papers, and teaching. Ideally, I would love to become an academic and eventually become the Vice-Chancellor. My aspirations for this stem from my passion for education to lead and make positive changes in the sector.

Why did you become an Ambassador? The main reason I wanted to be an Ambassador is because I want to share my story and encourage others to engage with higher education as it really is a door-opening and amazing experience. Often, I find friends who are considering university study and aren’t 100 percent sure, or are slightly anxious about the decision. I really want to use my story as a ground for telling others that, you don’t have to have it all together to begin.

I also became an Ambassador because I wanted to encourage other people to follow their passions and interests in their studies, and engage with what’s on offer relevant to their studies/interests. I have found that actively engaging with what’s on offer in your degree is what counts – particularly the networking and the extra-curricular opportunities.

What do you like about USC? Everything! USC has provided me with so many incredible learning opportunities and my interests and skills have developed over my adventure here. My most amazing experience of being at USC has definitely been collaborating with international researchers at the Australian Synchrotron and engaging with the opportunity to connect with the global community and meet so many amazing people.

I particularly appreciate the innovative approach USC takes on developing the student experience.