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Sarah Clifford

William Ross State High School

Mikayla Findlay

First-year Griffith College criminology student, Sarah Clifford admits she didn’t have a clue what she wanted to do when she finished school.

‘My favourite subject at school was maths, and people kept telling me to study something to do with maths because I was good at it. But a maths-related career wasn’t something I wanted to pursue.’

Sarah tried a few different courses after completing Year 12, before enrolling in the Diploma of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith College, which involved relocating from Townsville to Brisbane.

‘Moving away from home was quite scary, especially leaving everyone behind and doing it alone. But I didn’t put much thought into it … I woke up one day and said “I need a change” … Two days later I moved into a shared house and met my new housemates.’

‘That split-second decision was the best I ever made. I couldn’t imagine what I would be doing now if I hadn’t taken the risk.’

Sarah urges current Year 12 students to embrace their last year of school and take advantage of anything that may help them discover what they want to do later on in life.


Subjects: Biology, Drama, English, Geography, Modern History, Maths A, Maths B, Physical Education, Recreation Studies, Science in Practice, Certificate II in Workplace Practices, Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Career goal: To become a homicide detective and/or work for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service

Last updated: 06-Jun-2017