Challenging myself gave me the confidence to do my PhD
I was a mother of five, working full-time in remote communities in the Northern Territory. I had never been exposed to university life, and when I started I had to adjust to being in a very large city.
My literacy skills were poor, my spelling ability was at a year 7 level and so I taught myself to spell through my children.
I completed my Bachelor of Community Management in the Department of Indigenous Studies, Warawara at Macquarie University. It opened my eyes to many Aboriginal issues and paved the way to my Honours degree in Human Geography.
During my Honours year I learnt about different ideologies around human geography. This was a very new area for me and, at times, difficult for me to understand. However, when I completed the year I was very surprised to find I had a solid understanding of human geography.
It was hard being the only Aboriginal student and the program was difficult but I persisted. Challenging myself gave me the confidence to do my PhD, and further my career in Indigenous affairs.
I encourage you to consider undergraduate study as it gives you an opportunity to widen your understanding of a range of issues and yourself. It can open many doors and has many rewards.