Getting university qualifications opened many doors for me
As an Indigenous Australian I faced many hurdles before I even got to university. I didn’t think I was smart enough, but continued persistence and inspiration from my Mother - and a school visit from the director of the Tjabal centre at the Australian National University - helped change my perspective.
When I turned sixteen I decided that I wanted to go to university.
My HSC scores were low but with help I made the big decision to move to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra to pursue a career in Indigenous politics and education, my number one passion.
There were times I thought I couldn’t do it, I was homesick often and nearly went home. But the support offered by the university and the Indigenous Support Unit kept me going. Getting university qualifications opened many doors for me.
If there’s one thing any of you Indigenous Australians do in your life I hope it’s go to university. Trading three years for a lifetime of opportunities is priceless!