I’m an only child, but come from a very big family! When I finished high school I completed a Bachelor of Medical Science thinking one day I might be interested studying medicine. However, near the end of that degree I decided my passion was in midwifery. I wasn’t fortunate to gain a place in my first year of applying (2016), so I opted to do nursing for a year to increase my GPA and apply again the year after, in which I ended up being successful! Whilst nursing was essentially a stepping stone to midwifery, I actually learnt a lot about myself and now have some incredibly useful skills and life experiences.
I chose this degree, as back in Medical Science, learning about human development, anatomy and physiology made me realise how amazing a woman’s body is! Being able to grow another human inside of you is absolutely incredible! I was fascinated and wanted the opportunity to work with and support women in what is most-likely one of the most significant events in their life.
I am incredibly passionate about learning, hence five years of uni in a row and still going strong! I love to expand my knowledge, and know why things happen, particularly in relation to the human body. It feels good to then be able to share this knowledge with others. This is why midwifery appeals to me, as it allows me to support women by explaining all the weird and wonderful changes happening to their body, talk them through everything and provide reassurance and encouragement during what can be a daunting experience. I am also very passionate about my family and helping others.
I chose UTS because it’s central, very close to home, has an excellent reputation and is one of only two universities in Sydney to offer undergraduate midwifery!
I honestly think the most rewarding aspect of the course so far has been the amazing academics we have access to. They are incredibly kind and gentle, yet fierce, knowledgeable women. They tell the greatest stories, share their endless knowledge with us, make sure we are doing ok and put our minds at ease when there is something we are all worried or nervous about. They always seem to have the answers to our questions, and have made the course so enjoyable!
In the future I would like to be working as a midwife, preferably in a continuity of care model so that I have the chance to develop a relationship with the women I care for. I would also potentially like to progress in my career, into positions such as a midwifery educator, or even have a position as a midwifery lecturer or coordinator at university. I would love to share my knowledge with others and help them learn!
My advice to future students is to work hard, because anything is achievable if you put the effort in. Midwifery is an extremely competitive and tough course to get accepted in to. It may be tough going to get the needed marks but it is SO worth it. The cohort is small, the teachers are amazing, the course is incredible and the opportunities are endless. If you don’t get accepted the first time, try again! There are always other avenues to increase your chances of getting in. If midwifery is your passion, does it really matter how long it takes you to achieve it?