Katanning youths inspired to keep learning after educational trip to UWA

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Monique Farmer and Mary-Jane Tussler.
Camera IconMonique Farmer and Mary-Jane Tussler.

Two Katanning Senior High School students have looked to their mothers for inspiration to pursue university studies after an educational leadership program at UWA.

Year 12 students Monique Farmer and Mary-Jane Tussler joined other Indigenous students from across the State on a five-day trip to Perth last month where a tour of UWA aimed to inspire them to pursue tertiary education.

The seminar gave students an opportunity to build networks and friendships while meeting Indigenous students who are currently studying at the university.

Ms Farmer said she was inspired by her mother and grandmother to further her studies.

“They help me with many things that will be involved throughout life as an adult,” she said.

Like her peer, Ms Tussler said she looked up to her mother.

“My mum is my inspiration for my career,” she said.

“She always encourages me about my interest on our culture and she is my biggest support.”

33 WA students visited UWA to find out about career options.
Camera Icon33 WA students visited UWA to find out about career options.

Ms Tussler and Ms Farmer both hope to enrol at university after finishing high school, with particular interest in Indigenous Studies and Arts or Cultural Studies respectively.

“I plan to help people and to learn more about my culture. I hope to become a Noongar language teacher,” Ms Tussler said.

Ms Farmer said the trip to Perth had focused her thoughts about her future.

“It mainly gave me the idea of what university is like in person and how this kind of stuff will help you express your passions and achieve your goals for the future,” she said.

Students were provided with information about UWA entry pathways and scholarships.

They were also given tours of the university’s residential colleges and participated in study, cultural and self-esteem workshops.

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