I make my own choices
I enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree after high school and had no idea about what to do in the future.
After my degree, I worked in public health in the area of international development/foreign aid, in Australia and South East Asia. I was passionate about making a difference to poor peoples' lives.
After four years I returned to study and enrolled in a Master’s in Applied Epidemiology. The program was a steep learning curve over two years, but, at the end I had gained the necessary skills and it opened doors for more career opportunities.
I am currently enrolled in a PhD. My PhD examines an intervention in Aboriginal health services. The PhD allows me to work with Aboriginal people and communities and aims to provide stronger processes of clinical management.
I now have more opportunities and can make choices that suit me, rather than others making decisions for me. I encourage any Aboriginal person who wants to gain academic qualifications to enrol at university. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt is that you don’t need to be considered bright or smart to go to university and finish a degree. It’s more about self-motivation, setting goals, and most importantly, hard work.