Alexandra Eccles

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Alexandra Eccles

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High school attended: Tullawong State High School

Degree: Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

Target graduation date: 2018. Followed by an honours degree the following year.

My journey: I graduated high school eight years ago and have been at USC on and off ever since. After high school I was certain that I wanted to be a primary school teacher, but once I began university I realised it just wasn’t quite the right fit for me. After that first semester I changed degrees multiple times trying to find something that felt right, jumping from journalism to animal ecology and back to public relations. That was until a year and a half ago when I found my perfect fit in Criminology and Justice and I’ve never looked back.

Career aspirations: My passion in this field is within the area of prison reform, so my long-term career aim is to work in that area and to hopefully contribute to positive change. In the short term, I’m excited to continue my studies and will hopefully begin my honours degree next year.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I became an ambassador because I understand that not everyone has an easy journey to finding their fit at University. It’s always nice to know that you aren’t alone if you are still trying to figure things out.

What do you like about USC? I am so grateful for the help I was given at USC in finally finding Criminology. Without student services and some wonderful tutors, I’m sure I would still be blindly switching between degrees. I also love the focus that USC has on sustainability and the environment. Early on, I was especially grateful to find fair trade chocolate being sold before it became a standard. I also don’t think you can beat the community feeling that a small university offers. Although I’ve spent a long time being unsure of what I was studying, I never doubted that I made the right decision in enrolling at USC.

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