Coming to Marden
As a child, I always wanted to become a medical doctor. I even remember playing doctor and patient with my teddy bear. However, I was devastated when I did not receive an offer to study medicine after completing year 12. Although family and friends suggested that I study my second preference, I decided to give medicine another shot. I enrolled at Marden Senior College to chase my dream and, it turns out, to better understand myself.
Experience at Marden Senior College
Marden opened up numerous experiences to me, such as volunteering at Meals on Wheels and the Royal Adelaide Hospital as well as getting my first aid certificate.
The unique 2-hour lessons allowed me to manage time effectively, which became essential during the highly demanding year with my study, volunteer work and personal commitments. The independent learning environment suited my learning style and provided flexibility, allowing me to maximise my resources. It also exposed me to a similar type of environment to university, which allowed me to smoothly transition from school to university. I was able to connect with people with similar goals and attitudes towards learning, which empowered me to set high standards for myself and required me to step out of my comfort zone.
My time at Marden was made memorable by the entire Marden community, from my mentor and teachers, who gave me endless support, to cafeteria staff, who served me food after a hectic day. Although it was extremely difficult to make sacrifices, like watching less Grey’s Anatomy episodes, the uphill battle lead to a beautiful view at the end of the year.
Achievements to date
Following my graduation at Marden Senior College, I received an offer to study a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at James Cook University in Queensland. I was also the 2016 Caltex Best All Rounder at Marden Senior College, which recognised my contributions, both in and out of school, and I received merits for Health and Research Project at Government House. I am currently a second-year medical student about to undertake a month of rural placement at Mossman Hospital in tropical Queensland. Looking back, I wouldn’t be where I am if I hadn’t made that appointment to enrol at Marden Senior College.