I am the 3rd child in a family of 7 and I was the first and only one of my family members to attend university. I originally aspired to become a veterinarian but being from a rural town, the school didn't offer the subjects required to get into university. I didn't know about distance education at the time otherwise I would have chosen to study the subjects through this mode. Therefore, I decided to strive to get into a science degree first and then hopefully change over to veterinary science. My aspiration to be a vet changed along the line because I wasn't doing as well in science as I hoped, so I ended up applying to study horse management at Orange Agricultural College. It was the best of fun but that didn't last as I had a really bad fall which made me reassess my life decisions. I was always interested in music and at the time I was learning to play the piano. I made the decision to go back to uni and study music, and now I am currently a music teacher at a distance education school.
I did learn in the unit that there are other pathways I was not aware of in order to get into university besides getting in and changing courses, or through being a mature aged student like myself the second time around. Eg. Open foundation, The enabling program and Newstep.