Terri Carberry is a proud Wiradjuri woman who is determined to make an impact.
I want to thank everyone who contributes. It helps a lot more than you think. Coming from a small town and not having anyone or anything to rely on, I've had to work hard to pay for everything. Without the scholarship, it would be so hard for me to afford tuition and other university necessities.”
Studying at ACU has been incredibly significant for Terri. Growing up with her grandmother and five younger siblings in Griffith, a country town in NSW, she was the first person in her extended family to finish high school and pursue higher education.
“ Being from an Indigenous community, I know there’s a lack of services and role models. I want to help break the cycle of generational issues that young Aboriginal people face, such as struggling with drugs and alcohol, domestic violence and juvenile crime.”
To put her dream of becoming a nurse into action, immediately after graduating from high school Terri worked hard to save money for a tertiary education. She began studying Assistance in Nursing (AIN) at TAFE for six months, before enrolling in a Bachelor of Nursing at ACU.
With kind support from alumni and donors like you, Terri received a scholarship that allows her to focus on her studies.
“Without the scholarship, my options definitely would have been limited,” she said. “It made the move to Sydney and the transition into university much easier for me. I have been able to afford textbooks, I bought a laptop, and it means I can afford the higher city rent. It really made going to university possible.”
Terri’s scholarship has made a significant difference not only to her but also to her siblings. Following Terri’s lead, one of her sisters is now attending university too, and another will complete Year 12 this year.
It has also given Terri the motivation to keep going after her dream once she graduates.
“My goal for the future is to work in rural and remote areas, as well as working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, specialising in paediatrics and midwifery. I want to be able to give back to the community using my nursing skills.”