Cion Paiwan

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Cion Paiwan

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High school attended: 

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Science

Target graduation date: 2022

My journey: I graduated high school in 2012 and took a few years gap year to get some life experiences and obtained a diploma in community services.Prior to applying to USC I was a green army participant with conservation volunteers Australia and once my employment was up I decided I wanted to further my education in the environmental sector. I applied through IDEAS initiative through the indigenous services at USC which gave me direct entry into my degree as I have a qualification higher than a cert 3.

Career aspirations: To be able to provide care for country educational and training opportunities to the community combining all environmental sectors to divert away from having to work in environmental destructive jobs and careers that do not have the land in its best interest.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I became an ambassador because as a young Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander woman, our kids need to see that they can do it too no matter where you come from or what your background is you can rise above it all and succeed in life and make the best if it. Also to show that there are more careers and opportunities out there other than sports. For me it's all about being a productive and positive role model for all youth.

What do you like about USC? It's very supportive and accommodating to everyone from all walks of life. Its modern and has a great sense of community within the university. Usc offers plenty of opportunities for those willing to take them.

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