Narrogin high school student left feeling inspired after educational UWA trip

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

“From my perspective as an Aboriginal girl, don’t let a stereotype hold you back.”

That is the advice from Narrogin Year 12 student Jayeisha Ford as she starts to think about how her future may look.

Ms Ford joined 33 Indigenous students from across the State on a five-day trip to Perth where a leadership program at UWA aimed to inspire them to pursue tertiary education.

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

“I got to create really good bonds with those people and got to know their views in life,” Ms Ford said.

“We got to sit in on lectures and look at the courses at UWA and it made me see there is more to my future than sport in a way.”

Ms Ford said she hoped to study law and human rights after completing her final year of high school.

“I really want to let young Aboriginal people like myself know that we are better than what a lot of people say about us and to push through those barriers and be the best we can,” Ms Ford said.

“My friend is Nicole, she’s such a great person, I push off from (her) because her energy fuels me and motivates me to go to university.”

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.

Brendon DeGois, from UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies, said it was a hands-on opportunity to learn about their options.

Since 1988, UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies has supported more than 500 Indigenous students to graduate in a variety of fields

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