I grew up in Wangaratta in Northeast Victoria, and the KLD Program was my first point of contact with the University of Melbourne. I attended several KLD events during my VCE, and in doing so I became familiar with the University and made new friends.
I graduated secondary school in 2010. The following year I moved down to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. I decided on Science as I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to do; I was interested in health sciences but hadn’t ruled out engineering. I completed the prerequisite health subjects for medicine, as well as the odd math and engineering subject, and even three law subjects! I ended up majoring in Physiology and Anatomy.
I entered in the Doctor of Medicine in 2014. I was part of the Rural Clinical School, and so spent my second and third years at Shepparton, and my fourth year at Ballarat. I thoroughly enjoyed the four years of medicine; it was exciting being in the hospital and learning new skills. I also made really close friends – you spend so many hours with your peers that it’s hard not to!
Throughout my university years I kept up casual work – anything to help pay the bills. I worked at McDonalds, as a photographer at graduations and even as an assistant funeral director (family business, so less weird).
I graduated medicine at the end of 2017 and was fortunate to be given a job at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. I am currently halfway through my internship. As well as working as an intern and adjusting to life as a doctor, I have also completed some research in my spare time. Most recently, I have published a paper through the Royal Children’s Hospital looking at bone health in children. I will be presenting at a conference in New Zealand in September – very nerve-wracking!