We need to get more rural Indigenous kids to study
I’m from a small village outside Dubbo, population eleven! My Dad stayed on the farm and Mum and I moved away to give me a decent education. They are an incredibly supportive family.
As the first person in my family to attend university, I didn’t know where to apply. Fortunately I had help from Nura Gili, the Indigenous student advisory service at The University of New South Wales. When I was finally accepted and I received the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship which paid for my living expenses it was a weight off everyone’s minds.
The biggest shock at uni wasn’t studying, but being so far from home and alone in a big city. I was homesick but I had lots of support from friends in college.
When I graduate I plan to work in rural Australia as an optometrist where I can make a difference and help people in the area of optometry.
I’d recommend studying anything in health. We need to get more rural Indigenous kids to study. Hopefully, I’ll inspire some of you to do that.