St Mary's Catholic College, Cairns
Years 11 and 12 can be challenging for many students. Balancing study, extra-curricular activities, part-time work and a social life is tricky.
For Natasha Adams the juggle was intensified by a year on student exchange in Italy, an illness in her family and moving out of home.
‘When I got back from Italy, I decided, with a family member being unwell, it was best for me to live independently,’ Natasha says.
‘I went to school, worked two jobs to pay my rent and other expenses, and stayed up late most nights to study.’
Despite the demanding schedule, Natasha was named Far North Queensland school-based trainee of the year and was a Queensland finalist.
Having excelled in VET studies and as a trainee at a bookkeeping firm, one might assume Natasha would now be studying or working in business administration. But that’s not the case.
Natasha says she’s always kept her options open, and hopes to study psychology at James Cook University.
‘I’d thought about becoming a mechanic, teacher, childcare worker and travel agent; studying international hotel management; working in administration in the mines; and much more.’
But motivated by her own experiences, she aims to become a school guidance officer.
‘I’d like to help young people finishing high school to identify their goals and know that they can achieve no matter what is going on in their life outside of school.’
Subjects: Social Community Studies, English, Italian, Prevocational Maths, Religion and Ethics, Certificate III in Business Administration
Career goal: To be a school guidance officer
Last updated: 09-Feb-2016