Katelin Pascoe is well on the way to living her dream.
The Singleton Girls Academy graduate is studying a Bachelor of Education ((K-6) at the University of New England in Armidale.
“I graduated school in 2019 with the help of the Singleton Girls Academy staff, Renee, Paige and Kirsten. These ladies, along with the KaWul centre and tutors, assisted me in completing my schoolwork and assignments to ensure that I could fulfil my dream of becoming a teacher,” she said. “I currently have my own place and work casually at Bunnings Warehouse.”
Katelin said the main challenge she faced initially was moving so far away from home to go to university, so all assistance adjusting to this big move was gratefully received.
“The Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the university has also helped me massively with the change of scenery and the move from home to an entirely new place,” she said. “They paired me up with another Aboriginal student living on the same campus as me, to help me get through the first trimester.”
Then, of course, COVID-19 presented new challenges, with studies moving online, but Katelin doesn’t seem to be letting these hurdles hold her back.
“I hope to finish my degree and begin work as primary school teacher to inspire development in young people,” she said.
Renee MacDonald, program manager at Singleton Girls Academy, has no doubts she will do just that, saying Katelin demonstrated true leadership qualities from the moment she joined Girls Academy.
“She was always the first to step up and lend a hand or to take any opportunity that I offered her,” she said. “Katelin has such a bright future ahead of her and will make a wonderful teacher with her caring and supportive nature. I am so proud of all the hard work Katelin has put into taking the steps to build the future that she dreams of.”
And this determined young woman wants other Academy students to dream big, too. “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always continue to chase your dreams. Even if times get tough, never give up on your dreams.”