Meet the students
A first year Pharmacy student, Alex is currently the only Indigenous student in this subject area in Australia. He comes from Western Sydney and gained course entry through the Cadigal Program after attending the WM-BB Summer and Winter Programs in 2014 and 2015.
“My interest in pharmacy goes back to Year 9. I was interested in oral health, but my mum told me about a camp that the University was holding for Pharmacy. I discovered it was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be, so I’ve had my mind set on it since then.”
Matilda is in Year 10 at Ulladulla High School and came to her first WM-BB Summer Program in January. She’s now become a contributing writer for A•STAR, publishing her marvellous poem Cheekbones and a piece about the benefits of having a hippie mum!
On the Summer Program, Matilda says, “Probably the whole of Year 10 in that Program have stayed friends on Facebook … I remember at the camp we were all going to make sure that we all did so well in our schoolwork this year just so we can get in again. We’re motivated now. We’re ready.”
Georgia is in her first year studying Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). She attended the WM-BB Summer and Winter Programs in 2015, coming from Sydney’s southern suburbs. She’s now keen to volunteer with Compass and help the next generation of high school students.
“I’ve always watched and observed people and their interactions. I’m quite fascinated by how people react to different situations. How their way of thinking can drive behavior,” Georgia says.
“I love Sydney University because it’s very open to Aboriginal history and culture. It always acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation were here, and that Sydney Uni is built on the Eora Nation.”