Realising potential

Published 26 September 2018

“I finished high school in Year 10. I had a family, and was lucky enough to be able to stay at home and raise my children, but when my youngest went to school that I decided to try and apply to university. That was daunting, but UNE accepted me.

I have always thought that I wasn’t necessarily intelligent, and that I wasn’t worth a lot. Doing this degree has helped me grow as a person, and helped me realise my potential. I just feel really happy in myself and in my life now.

The best thing about UNE’s support is the lecturers. They are not distant people - they are really approachable, really helpful, and really flexible when they know you have a family. They have really helped me out.

Last year I had the opportunity to go on a five-day intensive camp in Mittagong where you engage with people with lived experience of mental illness. This year UNE offered, for the first time, two week international placements, and I was able to go on a placement to Thailand. It was fantastic.

The whole experience has been life-changing.”

UNE was awarded five stars for “Overall Student Experience” by the Good Universities Guide 2019 for the 13th year in a row.

Kate McNeill
Bachelor of Nursing