"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” ― Nelson Mandela
I am very fortunate in regards to the education I have received and the opportunities that I have had as a result of it. My parents, and extended family, sacrificed a lot in order for me to receive the education that I did and I am proud to be the first in my family to graduate from University, with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English Literature) and a Bachelor of Laws. I currently work as a lawyer in the criminal justice system and I've previously worked in law firms, in aged care, and in editing and publishing.
There are two reasons reason why I became a mentor with the Achiever’s Club.
The first is that I know how difficult studying can be, especially if it doesn’t come naturally, or you have fallen behind. I received tutoring while in high school, so I know firsthand the stress that is associated with not achieving the results you want, or not feeling capable enough. My tutoring experience was positive and successful, and I hope to assist other kids, at the Achiever’s Club, in the same way and to help them realise their goals are achievable with a little hard work.
The second reason I joined is that I am a firm believer in an education having the power to change a life. In my job, I see the impact that a lack of education, direction and purpose can have on an individual, and on society. A young person's background should not define their future, and education has the power to break the cycle of poverty and other socio-economic deprivations that many suffer. By mentoring children and investing in their education, I hope to contribute in some small way to breaking the cycle.
It is an incredibly humbling experience to work with the children, mentors and other volunteers at the Achiever's Club, who each have their own story; we belong to an incredible association.