Kiah Vescovi - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Kiah Vescovi

Headstart graduate ready to save lives

Eighteen-year-old Kiah Vescovi is now in the second year of a USC Bachelor of Paramedic Science after completing two Headstart courses at USC when she was in Year 11.

"I studied the introductory subject Communication and Thought, which every USC student is required to complete, and that assisted me in writing essays and locating credible sources for reports.

"My second subject was about behavioural health and how the human mind develops. My tutor was so enthusiastic, it helped me understand the growth and psychology of people and other concepts I still reflect upon in my daily life. I learned how to manage my time wisely by creating weekly goals, and how to find resources if I needed help.

"I love my degree because I get to learn about the human body and practise with heaps of cool equipment. The Paramedic Science labs are awesome. I get to practise my clinical skills with manikins, a simulated ambulance, lifelike blood, needles and heaps more. Most of all, I have a passion for helping people and after my first placement working inside a real ambulance, I knew that this is where I want to be when I graduate."