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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

USQ delivers degree for nurse-to-be

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

HANNAH Weribone was eight months pregnant when she started her studies at the University of Southern Queensland.
Four years on, her son was waiting to greet her this month after she collected her degree in nursing.
For Ms Weribone, university has meant balancing assignments, nappies, tutorials, prams and exams.
She says she wouldn’t have had it any other way, thanks to the support she received at USQ.
“What I like most about the University of Southern Queensland is its flexibility,” she said.
“I was able to switch between on-campus and online study depending on what suited me best at the time.”
Ms Weribone was one of about 600 students to attend this month’s USQ graduation ceremony in Toowoomba.
Ms Weribone, now a mother of two, has turned her eye to the future and is looking forward to a career in nursing.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. “My mum is a nurse and my role model. Nursing is something I’ve grown up with.”
Ms Weribone strongly encourages other Indigenous Australians to consider university
“My experience with USQ was easy thanks to support provided by the university’s College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (CISER),” she said.
“Before undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing, I completed the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).
“CISER was an important part of my education as it connected me with other Aboriginal students who were either finished or currently studying with USQ.”

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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