Hi my name is Nardia Laspina and I’m currently a first year student at QUT, I’m also a cadet with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) working with the Media and Communications team.
I am enrolled in my first year at QUT Kelvin Grove in a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications. I am also a cadet with IUIH working one day a week. It has taken some time to get use to studying everyday rather than working. I didn’t know anyone at uni and hadn’t made any friends within the first couple of weeks. My first semester was very challenging as everything was new to me and I didn’t understand how things worked at university. I found it hard to keep up with my work load and arrive to classes on time.
But soon enough I was achieving impressive marks by sticking to my work and attending all classes as well as tutoring times. I had met a few friends through group assignments and in classes. At this point I was really happy to be at uni and I convinced myself that I would do well this semester if I kept this up.
I am very fortunate to have the amount of support that I do have around me, within the institute and the Oodgeroo unit at QUT. One of the challenges I faced during my first semester was asking for help with study or other issues. At first I was afraid to use the supports I had which left me with a huge work load to finish in such short time. But eventually I was confident enough to use the support I had around me, as well as working hard, to complete the rest of my assignments and receive good grades.
After receiving my first results I was so proud of myself, I never thought I would be able to achieve the marks I did for my very first assignment. I couldn’t stop looking at my computer screen thinking ‘I did this’ A lot of people were proud of me and they kept telling me how well they think I’m doing.
As a graduate from the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School I feel as if I am a role model to some of the students who are graduating this year :-) !! They are interested in uni and feel as if they can do it one day if they put their mind to it. I believe they can too, because I was once in their shoes thinking the same.
I believe I can do anything I want I just have to believe in myself 100%