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When I first started at Arcadia College in 2014, I had already been through three different high schools. High schools in which I felt uncared for by the staff and misunderstood by all of the students. Bullying wasn't punished and I absolutely dreaded going to school every day. At Arcadia, I felt safe and I felt cared for and there was no bullying whatsoever. I really couldn't believe it! I was in high school and enjoying it for the first time. I was excited to attend every day and actually found myself wanting to learn more and to make friends. I graduated in 2015 with a few different certificates, a lot of friends and the confidence and experience to enter the real world.
A few years after I left Arcadia I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and was unable to drive. Now seizure free for over 6 months and I'm allowed to drive. I now work for myself as a cleaner for people on NDIS.
Arcadia College has done so much for so many people! I find myself still interested in how it's going now and all the changes that have been made. I'd like to give a special mention to Debra Black.
I am absolutely loving work and I have just created the very first WORLD ever Minecraft server combining PC and IPAD, so users can join and play together. I had to link Java script and Bedrock together. Makaede helped me as an IT tester. I am creating a safe server for up to 20 at one time to connect and socialise just like Autcraft, however Autcraft is only for PC users.
As I’m nearing the end of my first year of uni I wanted to reach out and express my gratitude for the opportunity to fulfill my career. I hope my story can be shared to the uni start students to encourage them as they near the finish line and I would love to share my experience and provide hope for a brighter future once leaving school as I wish I had someone who could’ve done that for me.
Currently, I’m about to sit my first clinical skills exam on Tuesday which is the biggest exam I’ve ever done and for once I feel prepared and competent.
In a little under a month, I will be putting my hard work into practice as I start my first clinical placement which is both exciting and incredibly nerve-wracking.
I’ve recently began finding my passion which currently isn’t Paramedicine like my original plan but more so emergency nursing, I connected with an incredible tutor who I have found great inspiration in – she has given me support and encouragement which I didn’t think I would find at uni.
Last semester I ended one unit with a distinction and I’m sitting on a HD for a current unit something I also did not believe would be possible.
I’ve connected with peers and I’m able to sit in the classroom for hours and engage in discussions!!!!
I’ve been told I’m smiley and look happy – I feel genuine joy and hope.
Some days are very difficult and overwhelming, but I am succeeding, and I cannot thank this program enough for giving me the opportunity to grow.
Thank you Arcadia for your guidance and push to get me through and for seeing my potential which I’m only beginning to see.