Student Profiles - Block Mode Students

Daniel Dalby - Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Aboriginal Studies)

Daniel Dalby - Coffs Harbour

[Daniel Dalby]

My name is Daniel Dalby. I am from Coffs Harbour on the mid-North Coast of New South Wales and I am a Bundjalung man. At the moment I am studying in my third year of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Aboriginal Studies) at the University of Sydney.

I decided to go to uni after meeting one of the academic staff from the Koori Centre who was visiting the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corpoation. They encouraged me to follow my dream to become a teacher.

Studying has been a real challenge for me, especially with all the hard work you have to do, but I have been determined to see it through. The bonus of doing the Education degree through block-mode is that I get to spend most of my time in my community and then I make three trips to Sydney each semester to study.

I realise I can be posted just about anywhere in New South Wales once I finish my degree and remote areas of the state need teachers more than most, but I hope that one day I will be able to teach in my own community. Teaching is a great way to inspire young people and I think that other Indigenous men should become involved in teaching, to inspire us and to give us more role models.

I am a strong believer of the power of education. Education can unlock doors to future prospects for Indigenous people. If you are thinking about becoming a teacher, all you need is commitment and determination. You can achieve whatever your heart desires with these two things.

I recommend to anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher that they get in touch with the Koori Centre. The Centre is a very supportive environment and staff are more than willing to help in any way they can. The Koori Centre has made my whole experience at university much more enjoyable and rewarding.