CQUniversity Townsville Bachelor of Laws student Ellie Kilpatrick is a single mum who has turned her life around for the better. As a recipient of a CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship this year, Ellie has been able to focus on completing her studies without having to worry about finding the money to pay for textbooks. *Photo supplied by subject
What is your first memory?
My first memory is of learning to tie my shoes in kindy. My educator had one arm that was shorter than the other and taught me how to tie my shoes. It took me 17 years to figure out that I now tie shoes different to everyone else.
What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Being awarded the CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship is the luckiest thing that has happened to me. As a single mum, I really struggle to buy text books. The scholarship has allowed me to continue to study. I’m so lucky.
If you could solve any social issue in your community, what would you tackle first?
Youth homelessness. Unfortunately working in the city, I walk past half-way-houses and hostels and it breaks my heart to see babies and toddlers playing on the city pavements.
What is the best thing about CQUni?
The people and the lecturers! I love that we all driven and the lecturers feed off our vibe and perform with enthusiasm.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
Post an abusive relationship, I went into refuge with my son. Dot was the refuge worker and without her love, support and guidance, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
What was the moment that made you choose your career?
Experiencing the family law system first hand as a domestic violence survivor; I realised that I want to advocate for victims of domestic violence in family law matters.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
Recently my son turned three-years old! In celebration we took a quick weekend trip to Keswick Island to relax on the beach, go trekking and kayaking.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Nature does not rush, yet everything is accomplished.