Ways to change the world

I was living in Brighton, in the UK, when I realised that I wanted to be a teacher. I had spent an amazing year indulging my fascination with history, travelling to different parts of England, Scotland and France to soak up as much of the culture as I could while I was there. I soon realised that my love of history, and my tendency to share my passion with anyone who would listen, was pointing clearly to a career as a teacher.

I’m now in my third year of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) focusing on English and history, and although I’m living back in Australia, I feel like my world has opened up even more. The course has led to many new experiences and opportunities for me, and I’ve discovered so many more fields that I am interested in, such as development and wellbeing, psychology and neuroscience. While studying here, I’ve travelled to India on the Reimagining India trip with CQUniversity as part of the New Colombo Program and spent more than two years working on an education research project as a Research Assistant. I also work with CQUniversity as a Student Experience Officer planning and running our Noosa Campus Life events, and as a Student Ambassador, where I get to share with students and parents my genuine love of CQUniversity!

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A change to Nursing for the better

When I was in high school, I was so torn as to my future. I really liked the Creative Arts but also had a passion for Science. There was pressure to know what I was going to “be” in the future. If I could go back in time and give advice to myself in high school, I would say two things:

Firstly- stop stressing about the future! So much pressure is put on knowing what you want to do and having that concrete plan for success. There are always ways and means of attaining your dreams- there is no linear path to get anywhere. You may need to do a bridge here, and go a road there, but it is possible to get where you want to go. And if you don’t know where you want to go, that’s ok too! Try something, if it’s not right, try something else. Find your happiness. There are people out there that have their plan from a young age and everything it seems goes to plan. However, this isn’t always the case and may take a little longer to find.

The second thing I would say would be check out Nursing. I’m proud to now have a better appreciation for this amazing workforce and even more proud to now be joining their ranks. There is no such thing as “just a nurse”. There are so many disciplines and sub-specialties and Australia being as diverse and geographically vast as it is, there are so many exciting opportunities!

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