For Nathan, the journey to getting a degree was not always smooth sailing.
After finishing high school, he enrolled in a business program at a Brisbane university but struggled to find the right balance between study and life. He tried changing degrees, but soon felt that maybe university wasn’t for him.
After a couple of failed attempts, he started to think he wasn't cut out for tertiary education. He decided to travel instead, and spent a few years working on cruise ships. He was on shore leave in the United States when a chance invite to a friend’s graduation ceremony encouraged him to reconsider study.
“I went to this college graduation ceremony and it was such a beautiful thing, seeing everyone’s achievements,” he said.
“It inspired me to think about my own future, and whether I was ready to come home and try again.
“At the time I was working as a personal trainer on the ships, and I’d discovered that I really loved health and the human body, so I decided to study that.”
Nathan returned to Queensland and enrolled at USC. In 2017, he graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
“Graduation is a great achievement, but university is about so much more than just getting a degree,” he said.
“The three and a half years I spent at USC was just as enjoyable, if not more, than the time I spent travelling overseas.”