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By 2016

By 2016 it will be 50 years since Charles Perkins became the first Aboriginal man to graduate from an Australian university, the University of Sydney. By 2016 our aim is to welcome an additional 600 talented and passionate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into our diverse university community.

Jared's story

Jared Field

Jared Field

Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) – Kamilaroi
I was born in the Blue Mountains which is also where I spent most of my childhood.
I attended a very small primary school called Hazelbrook Public, ten minutes walk from my home. I then moved on to Springwood High - taking the bus was a bit of a big deal back then.
Going to university was a no-brainer for me - to be frank, I couldn't see myself doing much else. I suppose that's because of the people that surrounded me in those formative years.
There was often a lowered expectation of me to perform academically (except for a certain few, of course) deriving from the fact that I was indigenous - Indigenous kids excel at sport and not school, right? Rubbish. This only fuelled my determination more.
So far, I'm incredibly proud of how far I've come in mathematics (shortly to start honors) - even being a mathematics major I can say it's a lot of work, it's difficult, and sometimes you detest it. But I feel like I've made it over the hill, so to speak.
Sydney Uni
I would say that getting a tertiary education is by far the best investment, in the broadest of senses, that you can make and you are your best asset. Don't waste it.
By 2016
I have now finished my honours and spent time working at The George Institute for Global Health analysing clinical trial data. I'm now living in Oxford, England, where I'm doing my doctorate in mathematical biology.