From Tasmania to Townsville, CQUni’s newest Marketing Assistant has an interesting life story. Not only is she an avid yoga enthusiast and qualified Life Coach, Carrie Smith is also a Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biologist.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
Becoming a qualified Life Coach. I love supporting conscious travellers to share, give and serve to make a positive impact in the world.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
In 2007 the way I looked at the world all changed when I was introduced to an incredible group of women in a small community in Guatemala. These women were committed to getting their community out of poverty. They had an amazing ability to empower those around them to contribute towards making change happen, including me. This experience had such a profound effect on me that when I returned home to Australia I started the Guatemala Alliance Project. To this day the project continues to improve the accessibility of education for young people living in rural Guatemala.
What is your favourite book of all time?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr Suess.
Describe the greatest moment in your life so far?
Hands down I would have to say living and working in Antarctica! After completing my studies in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology, I spent four months at Davis Station working on an Adelie penguin research project for the Australian Antarctic Division and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. My Antarctic adventure was a dream come true and the most incredible experience.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Live your life as you dream it, otherwise the right time may never come.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Yoga, spending time with my two-year-old niece, and enjoying as much sunshine as I can. Coming from Tassie I’m loving the weather here (especially the warm winters) and there is so much to explore in the tropics.
What do you love most about your role?
I love engaging with prospective students and getting them excited about studying at CQUniversity. I get to work with both academic and professional staff who are also passionate about what they do so it’s a really positive environment.
Which country in the world would you most like to visit?
Tanzania. I really want to climb Kilimanjaro one day.