The Sydney student helping others reach university

Kawana Crowe is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced).

The third year science student will share her story with prospective students at the Meet Sydney event in Coffs Harbor on 23 June. The session will provide information about the University of Sydney for local high school students in years 10-12. It will cover courses, admission requirements, entry schemes, fees and scholarships, as well as support available for students on campus. Current students and alumni from regional NSW will share stories, tips on moving away from home and insights into their journey to university.

Crowe dreamed of studying science from childhood, but attending university often seemed like an impossible challenge. Both her parents left school in year 10. Her father died from cancer when she was eight, leaving her mother to support the family on a single income. Due to financial hardship, they moved frequently – seven times before Crowe started high school.

“In the world I grew up in, ‘scientist’ was not represented as a viable career option,” she said. “I only knew it was possible because I watched a lot of CSI-style forensics television shows. But I had some great teachers at Nambucca Heads High School who opened doors for me. ”

Despite changing schools several times as her family moved, she achieved excellent academic results. Socially, however, school was difficult.

“I was a social outcast from the minute I started school to the minute I finished,” she said. “I never had a group of friends. I was badly bullied. I was smart and I didn’t care about socially normal things, so I found it hard to fit in. I was a distressed kid. “

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