On Monday this week, students at the Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program met with their chosen faculties for academic sessions. Our Student Leaders were on the scene and bring us their account of the action. We’ll be back tomorrow with reports from Architecture, Pharmacy and Engineering & I.T.
Education and Social Work w/ Kristy O’Neill
A crisp 7 degree morning and brisk walk through Redfern to Main Campus saw everyone refreshed and keen to settle into a cosy yarn with Belinda about wellbeing and stress management in the months leading up to final exams.
Academics Remy and Emma regaled us with tales of their careers of teaching and social work, inspiring with a ‘think globally, act locally’ mentality when dealing with broader social problems and community issues.
They highlighted the interplay between these two fields and holistic methods of engaging young people in schools using Remy’s experiences of working with the Mt Druitt University Hub as an example. We visited one of the most stylish cafes on campus for coffee and cake with current students from the faculty, before wrapping up with a sunny stroll around campus.
Health Science w/ Ellen Kim
Simone Cherie Holt, the faculty representative for Health Science and head of the Indigenous Student Recruitment team started off the session with an amusing anecdote about why she got into Paediatric Physiotherapy. “I knew I always wanted to work with little humans, they don’t smell as much and they don’t whinge as much as adults.”
One of the highlights was meeting Gemma, a previous patient and now long time friend of Simone’s. She spoke about what health professionals meant for her journey. “Without the help of physios I would not be where I am now. Doctors played a big part but physios helped me to walk and adjust to life after a transplant.”
This inspiring day gave our curious year 12 students the chance to meet current Indigenous Health Science students, gaining first hand accounts of their experiences in the field, while increasing their understanding of a health professional’s value to a patient’s recovery.
Natural Sciences w/ Jackson Conaty
We had a chance to look at the many opportunities offered by Natural Sciences. Students got to speak one-on-one with currently practicing vets, getting to hear about their experiences in the profession. We then went on a tour of the bone museum within the Veterinary Science Building.
After learning more about setting up IV catheters and drip systems, the students attended a morning tea with student and academic support staff within the faculty. We were then shown some of the many pathways on offer through veterinary sciences, including epidemiology and nutrition.