High school attended: Sorell High School, Hobart
Target Graduation Date: 2019
My journey: Prior to beginning university, I had no idea of what I wanted to do for a career. I spent my time working in the tourism and fitness industry in Hobart, Tasmania and backpacking around Europe, Thailand, and Australia whenever the piggy bank was full enough. At the age of 22, my passion for nutrition science and my desire to help close the health gap seen throughout Australia motivated me to seek further education and commence a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. I entered USC through a Bachelor of Nutrition. University was something that I had never considered prior to my current degree so I did not complete year 11 and 12 and therefore did not meet the required entry rank for dietetics. In my second year of studies, I transferred over to a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with the required grades. Nutrition and Dietetics was not offered in my home state (Tasmania), so I decided to move to the Sunshine Coast and give university a red-hot crack! I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
Career aspirations: At the end of my degree, I hope to make a positive difference by helping others, those from less advantaged backgrounds and at-risk populations. My dream job would be working in a regional or rural setting as a clinical or community dietician with Indigenous Australians. Other interests include psychology and public health and I aspire to undertake postgraduate studies after gaining some practical experience. I hope my learning experience never ends.
Why did you become an Ambassador? I believe there are times in our life where we need other people to see the potential in us, before we can see that potential for ourselves. USC has provided support and encouragement to me when I truly needed it. I have loved my time at USC and feel extremely grateful to be presented with the opportunities that USC has provided me. Due to my positive experience and passion for community, I hope to inspire future students and provide that same support and encouragement to them, especially for those that may be apprehensive about beginning study.
What do you like about USC? I love the atmosphere, supportive environment and sense of community that USC provides. This is demonstrated by both the teaching staff and fellow students within the small class sizes. It is an environment that really fosters growth and resilience. The educators are always encouraging students to try their best, think critically and to always be curious about learning. In addition to this, I love that USC has a commitment to the environment, this is displayed through the building designs, waste disposal/composting systems, and the banning of plastic water bottles on campus.