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Orthoptics graduate Aida Zeric wins Lance-Jolly Prize

30 May 2017
  • Last night, UTS Orthoptics graduate Aida Zeric was awarded the Lance-Jolly Prize, presented annually by UTS Orthoptics to the student with the highest average mark in the UTS Master of Orthoptics.
  • Zeric credits her academic success to effective time management and maintaining a work-life balance.

UTS Orthoptics graduate Aida Zeric has been awarded the prestigious Lance-Jolly Prize for topping the class in the UTS Master of Orthoptics.  Zeric achieved the highest average mark across her Orthoptics subjects in 2015 and 2016.

Aida Zeric

Aida Zeric [supplied]

The Lance-Jolly Prize was initially established in 2004 as the Patricia Lance Prize following donations from friends and colleagues of the late Patricia Mary Lance, MBE.  Lance was an eminent orthoptist and a founding member of Orthoptics Australia [oprns an external link] in 1944.  She served as president of the organisation for a record six years, became a leader in Orthoptics education and made invaluable contributions to the Orthoptic profession.

In 2012, the prize was renamed as the Lance Jolly Prize following additional contributions from retiring orthoptist Neryla Jolly.  As a researcher, Jolly developed a tool to detect vision disorders in stroke patients, which has now been approved for use in NSW public hospitals.  Lance was the Foundation Head of Orthoptics and both she and Jolly served as Heads of the School of Orthoptics at Cumberland College of Health Sciences and the University of Sydney.

Graduate Zeric was honoured to receive the award, and credited her achievement to good time management and finding time for leisure amid her studies.

“I always just made sure that I had a good study-life balance so that I didn't ''burn out.'' I think to do well academically you shouldn't be constantly studying. I made sure I had plenty of time to do the things I enjoy, so I progressively studied throughout the semester in small amounts to keep on top of things.”

Neryla Jolly with Aida and Professor Kathryn Rose

Neryla Jolly with Aida and Professor Kathryn Rose [supplied]

“I think also getting started on assignments early and submitting them well before the due date worked well as it meant that I wasn't stressed out while doing the assignment. I also kept a diary where I would pre-plan days for studying or going out, just to stay organised and feel in control.”

For Zeric, the most rewarding aspect of the UTS Master of Orthoptics was working closely with academics from the Graduate School of Health.

“My favourite thing about studying Orthoptics at UTS was working with the friendly and dedicated staff members who really went out of their way to impart their knowledge and experience. Most importantly, they never spoon-fed us so we still had to be independent and work things out ourselves.  This definitely enhanced my learning.”

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