I can now go out into the world and have a say
To be honest, I don’t know why I went to university in the beginning. But my family was so happy when I began my law degree at the University of Technology in Sydney.
I'd been to the city a couple of times. My laptop was stolen and I felt that the city people were not so kind to me. I had to work to support my studies and I needed to balance that with my study, leaving me only a few precious moments with my friends.
The worst thing was hearing prejudicial and closed-minded views of other students about Indigenous issues. They would often ramble about how Aboriginals should be grateful for civilization. They would often pay no attention to my views as a Dunghutti man as I did not have the dark complexion to compliment my heritage.
Life at uni was just very hard. However, I learned so much about the legal system and formed wonderful bonds with those who have seen the same things I have, such as Mark MacMillan, Nicole Watson and Larissa Behrendt. As a result, I can now go out into the world and have a say. Have a say about how Indigenous people should be regarded and treated.
I now work as a lawyer for Legal Aid NSW and have high hopes for the future. If there is anything to draw from my experience it is that new things may cause you anxiety, stress and some disruption but you will get something exponentially greater in return.