23 October 2013
A Cootharaba small businesswoman and competitive outrigger has graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a perfect grade point average of 7 out of 7.
Nicole Gerrett, 42, juggled her bookkeeping business and training with Noosa Outrigging Canoe Club while gaining her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).
“I just put the effort in, listened to the lecturers and studied hard,” said Ms Gerrett, who received her degree at the USC Graduation on 3 October.
She and two other graduates were awarded University Medals in recognition of academic excellence, equalling a GPA of 6.8 or more out of 7.
Ms Gerrett enrolled at USC to expand her career options and gained a full-time job in July with Employment Services Queensland at its Birtinya office, after seeing the position advertised through the USC website.
“I’m working in accounts and it’s great,” she said. “Three other USC students are working here too.”
The other University Medallists were fellow Accounting graduate Thomas Major, 24, and Nutrition and Dietetics graduate Melissa Kruger, both of Maroochydore.
Ms Kruger, with a GPA of 6.857, recently gained a position at Nambour General Hospital after completing a clinical placement as part of her Bachelor degree.
“I believe placement is like one big job interview; it’s your chance to impress,” she said.
“I’m a dietitian working with surgical patients and those who are on the waiting list for orthopaedic surgery.
“I love food, I love health and I love the idea of being able to help people manage their health with good nutrition. My degree has allowed me to do this.”
Mr Major now works in Brisbane for Deloitte as an analyst in its Assurance and Advisory service line.
He was an award-winning student during his USC studies, this year adding four Business prizes worth more than $2,000 to the two prizes he gained in 2012.
— Julie Schomberg