My story - Jamie Sideris
Originally I wanted to become a primary school teacher. I completed a certificate three in children’s services; and continued to work with children for around a year before I decided that teaching wasn’t for me.
At this point, I was a mature-age student with no mortgage, responsibility or children, and decided to try my luck at university. I have worked dead-end jobs since I was 15 years old, and knew I wanted to achieve more with my life. I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I decided to enrol in Arts to see if I could find something I could become passionate about.
I choose Deakin University in Geelong, because it offers flexibility through online and on campus study, which allows me to work during the day and take classes at night. I also saw this as a good opportunity to move out of home, and explore who I am.
Through Arts I found my passion for accounting - it was the first subject I had taken that I really enjoyed, that made sense and that I can envision myself doing for a long time. I aspire to become an accountant working for a big company such as Pitcher Partners, with hopes to one day specialise in auditing.
This scholarship has meant the world to me. Firstly, even to just get recognition for the hard work I have put forth has been really motivating and rewarding. It has also allowed me to focus on university and get good grades through taking time off work where needed, without stressing about money, which I wouldn’t be able to do without the scholarship while living independently.
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