Dream coming true for Gin Gin student
A GIN Gin woman is realising a life-long dream as she studies to become a teacher.
Sarah Christmass started as a CQUni student while still at school and has already chalked up plenty of milestones on her way to graduating as a teacher.
Originally from Western Australia, Ms Christmass has recently been living on her family's farm near Gin Gin.
Thanks to "great support" from teachers at Maryborough Riverside Christian College, lecturers at CQUniversity and the Start Uni Now (SUN) program, she had the confidence to tackle distance education and to excel in three university-level education subjects before completing Year 12.
Ms Christmass is now well on the way to completing an education degree, which will set her up to teach English, home economics and hospitality subjects in schools.
As a recent recipient of the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise Scholarship, Ms Christmass is looking forward to creating a fun and safe environment within her future classrooms.
The keen education student has already completed two practical teaching experiences at Gin Gin High and North Bundaberg High.
"I've also been heavily involved with Kepnock High in Bundaberg where I help with Year 8 classes and the Breakfast Club, while travelling with the school cheerleading team to help with make-up and face painting," Ms Christmass said.
"CQUni has been one of the biggest and most amazing decisions I have ever made. A life-long learner is the term that gets thrown around a lot and I believe CQUniversity has moulded me into one.
"I also began my first 'teaching' job with CQUni, as a ROC-Q (Reach Out Central Queensland) member. I would go out to schools and teach the kids about university and how it could benefit them. It gave me a great step up in my experience towards becoming a teacher."
Ms Christmass said she was currently looking at creating a girls' program within schools for girls with low self-esteem.
"It's only very basic at this stage ... learning how to do their nails and bonding together as a group in order to build trust and friendship. I want to create a change in the kids coming through our schools; I want them to see their own self-worth and how much they can change the world if they put their minds to it."
Ms Christmass said the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise Scholarship has helped provide a car "which has allowed me to acquire a job with Kepnock High where I previously volunteered".
"The car has also helped me care for my mother who has recently had a brain tumour removed and now needs care. The scholarship thus gave me the option to be able to work, study and care for my mother."