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Brisbane State High School

Kyle Ryan

Becoming a doctor wasn’t always Kyle Ryan’s goal. Neither was receiving an OP1 or a QCE Achievement Award, but he’s well on his way to achieving all three.

Kyle was recently named Queensland’s Highest Achieving Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student in the class of 2016.

‘To get an OP1 was a big achievement for me and after getting an award as well, I was over the moon,’ Kyle said.

‘I never set out to study medicine either.

‘I loved maths subjects, but wasn’t keen on some of the sciences, particularly Biology.’

Kyle said his decision to apply for school holiday research projects at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland (SPARQ-ed) was a turning point.

‘It really opened my mind to the applications of Biology in real life,’ he said.

‘By the end of Year 12, Biology was one of my favourite subjects.’

Kyle is now studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) at The University of Queensland (UQ) and plans to major in Biomedicine.

‘In the future I’d love to work in paediatrics,’ Kyle said.

‘The whole thing about being a doctor is giving back to the community and looking after other people.’

Kyle is a proud Bundjalung man with a strong sense of community spirit. He was a maths tutor during high school and volunteers at a local ministry, where he runs a children’s program.

‘I’ve seen how a lack of education can ruin some people, so it’s important for Indigenous students to push themselves,’ he said.

‘Hopefully I can show them that they can do it too.’

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths B, Maths C, Physics
Career goal: To become a paediatrician

Last updated: 06-Jun-2017