Brisbane State High School
Hard work and perseverance paid off for oral health student, Vonnie Le.
After missing out on her preferred tertiary courses, Vonnie set her sights on upgrading and enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree.
‘I found the QTAC booklet really helpful in choosing my Bachelor degree,’ she said.
‘In first year I did subjects including Biology, Genetics, Archaeology, Earth Science, Analysis of Scientific Data, and Psychology.
‘I loved Biology the most, so I knew I wanted to be in the health science field.’
Working three days a week as a dental assistant introduced Vonnie to the responsibilities of oral health therapists and helped her decide to start a Bachelor of Oral Health.
‘I enjoy the clinical, professional aspect of my work and thrive on the interaction with patients. I also appreciate the opportunity to educate others about the importance of good oral health.
‘Enrolling at Central Queensland University gave me the option to do the course externally for the first year.
‘I wasn’t ready to move to Rockhampton so the arrangement allowed me to study at my own pace, with a couple of contact days each semester to meet lecturers and other students.
‘This flexible approach means I can balance work and study, and still have time for other activities.
‘I play touch football and touch rugby league with teams at UQ, Griffith University and Richlands.’
Vonnie’s advice to school leavers: Try your best and strive for your goals, but don’t stress about your OP. It’s just a number and you can soon upgrade to your desired course.
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics B, English, Health Education, Japanese
Career goal: To open a dental practice and promote oral health in the community.
Last updated: 01-Dec-2016