Who am I?
Hello! My name is Lizzie and I am a 23-year-old UWA student who you may frequently recognise as the lady who complains about the difficulty of year 9 mathematics! I started with The Achiever’s Club in May 2018.
Where do I come from?
I originally hail from England (Yorkshire to be specific, although please don’t hold it against me!) and emigrated with my family to Geraldton in 2003. I made the solo move to Perth in 2014 to commence my studies at UWA and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2016. I claim it to be a solo move, however living in a residential college for 4 years probably doesn’t count.
What do I do?
After graduating with my wonderfully useful meaningful English degree, I decided to tackle the challenge of my Masters of Social work at UWA and I am in my second and final year. I have just completed my final 16 week placement at Midland SJOG Hospital learning about hospital social work and I have loved every minute! Once I graduate at the end of this year (fingers crossed), I plan try my hand at either hospital social work or the Department of Child Protection.
What else do I do?
Look, not much to be honest. I realised this year that I don’t really have any hobbies and so I bought a pair of ice skates in a move that I describe as my 23-year-old-crisis! I am attempting to learn to ice skate and am slowly trying to re-ignite my love for reading which my English major slowly beat out of me.
Why did I start mentoring at the Achiever’s Club?
I first heard about the Achiever’s Club through a girl on my course. She advertised that more mentors were needed as there is quite a lengthy mentee waiting list! I immediately thought that this is something that I would love to be a part of as I have always thought that education is the key to life. Having been raised in a wonderful and supportive family with grandparents who were both teachers, I feel that I have been blessed with educational support and mentoring, and I wanted to try and give this back to someone else. My grandparents both encouraged reading from a very young age and my grandfather tutored me with maths in the interim period whilst we left school In England and were waiting for our Aussie visas. There were many frustrated moments of just not understanding maths and getting into a huff and a puff and I look back at those times and realise how lucky I was to have people in my life who helped me along the way. I believe that sometimes all people need is for someone to lend a helping hand and to encourage them to achieve the best that they can, and this is what I hope to provide to others through this organisation.
What do I think about it?
Danny has done such an amazing job building and nurturing this organisation from the ground up and I am so excited to see what the future will bring. Everyone involved and that I have had the pleasure of speaking to are absolute legends so well done to you all.