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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.

Samuel's story

Deanne Smith

Samuel Brazel

Bachelor of Agricultural Economics – Anaiwan
I was born in Tamworth, NSW. I spent my childhood growing up in "God's Country" Kootingal, NSW.
I went to Kootingal Public School and then Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School. Samuel Brazel as a kid Samuel on the right
I wanted to go to uni to open more doors for my future, to become more educated and to branch out into new unknown depths. I also wanted to meet a wide range of people that I could only meet at uni. I would never have had the chance otherwise. The encouragement I received from my family was a big part of my decision. Samuel and his Father Samuel Brazel and his father
Why go to Uni?
If someone asked me "Why go to uni?" I'd say to expand yourself, seek unknown depths, and do not be afraid to push yourself. You will be surprised how many life skills and lessons you will learn by going to university. It's not just a piece of paper.
Sydney Uni
I had a gap year after Year 12, so it did take some adjusting when I went to uni, getting back into the rhythm of studying and making sure I was on track. Uni requires a different kind of independence than I found on my gap year. Living at a residential college keeps me more focused than I ever could have imagined.
By 2016
Since coming to university I have made some amazing friends, had the chance to travel to New Zealand to represent my culture, secured two internships at top tier companies and I am on track to graduate at the end of this year.

Into the future I want to continue to give back to my community and hopefully secure a graduate offer at a top tier company.