Rebecca Castledine - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Rebecca Castledine

High school attended: Caroline Chrisholm High School  

Degree: Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology and Justice 

Target graduation date: 2021

My journey: I left school in Year 10, became a mother of two son’s and worked in retail my whole life, which I was content with for a long time. However, after starting to feel unsatisfied with my future career goals, I began questioning if this was the right environment for me. Heading into my 40’s I felt like something was missing, but could never pin-point what it was that I was looking for.

I began my University journey after a gentle nudge from a close friend who emailed me the information to enrol in Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) at USC. I spent the majority of my life thinking that higher education was not within my reach, that I could never possibly study at University and that this education process was specifically for ‘smart’ people. On completion of TPP I enrolled into a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. After a year of this degree I found myself interested in pursuing Law. This was not a lifelong dream to work in this field. However, I have approached the learning process organically, which works effectively when applied to my career goals. I have learnt to trust my instincts along the way. I have been fortunate that my journey has developed and evolved rather naturally for me during my studies. I am now heading into my fifth year in 2020 of full time study, with 11 subjects to complete.

Career aspirations: My aims are to be admitted as a solicitor with a focus on mental health, inequality and social justice.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I enjoy connecting with the community. I never thought that I could be the one who could study at University and I would like the opportunity to be the person who encourages other people to the realisation that they too can complete a degree of their choice. The Ambassador role will give me an opportunity to hopefully inspire future enrolling students to do something they didn’t believe they could.

What do you like about USC? The support network. USC has an exceptional support network for enrolling and current students. The lectures, tutors and staff will go out of their way to help, encourage and support a person to realise their full potential. I have also been fortunate to make some lifelong friends during this process.