Toolooa State High School, Gladstone
Krysta’s goal to become a teacher stemmed from one of her proudest moments.
‘I was helping work experience students as part of an engineering traineeship with Gladstone Ports Corporation, and one said he wanted to be just like me,’ she said.
‘It was an extremely proud moment and it motivated me towards teaching.’
Krysta didn’t always want to be a teacher, but the traineeship made her reassess her plans.
‘Graphics, Maths and Art were my favourite subjects at school, and I was focused on doing building design,’ she said.
‘I was accepted into the course, but deferred when I was offered the traineeship.
‘As well as completing a Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology and a Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting, I was awarded Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Indigenous Trainee and Apprentice of the Year award, and the Queensland Training Awards’ Central Queensland Vocational Student of the Year.
‘The most rewarding aspect was helping work experience students, as it inspired me to change my career path.’
Krysta is now studying secondary teaching at Central Queensland University, majoring in Maths and Information Technology and Design, and was recently selected for an Arrow Energy scholarship.
‘I’ve worked in retail for a number of years, but it’s fantastic to have extra financial support to help with my first year,’ she said.
‘I’m glad I took this path and hope to influence future generations.’
Krysta’s advice to school leavers: Try as hard as you can and if you’re out of options, try again.
Subjects: Ancient History, English, Graphics, Mathematics A, Visual Art Studies, Certificate III in Business Studies.
Career goal: To become a teacher (Maths and Information Technology and Design).
Last updated: 04-Dec-2017