Warunee Nuij

I’m a Learning for Life Team Leader so have been fortunate to work with the foundation Alumni members who are very committed students. They are all very special people for very different reasons.   

Education is important to me because it is about learning to reason everything until every question meets its answer. Education can lead us to enlightenment. It is education that builds in every individual a confidence to make decisions, to face life and to accept successes and failures. It instills a sense of pride about the knowledge one has and prepares him or her for life! 

I was always taught growing up that the only way you will survive in this life is by going to school, learning about the world we live in today. And you know what? My parents were right! 

In primary school I thought I was one of the Charlie’s Angels. That didn’t work out though so when I was 18 I left home to pursue my education overseas. It was tough, but I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science at Monash University, as well as Bachelor of Languages at UWS.  

I recently graduated from a Bachelor of Horticulture at UWS, majoring in Environmental Health and Nature Conservation Programs which took me six years to complete. Returning to classes again was a life changing decision but the benefits made it all worthwhile, even though I turned up to the wrong class three days in a row at one stage! I would like to see others – particularly Learning for Life students – receive the same opportunities for success.     

Needless to say there is no shame in learning from others. My greatest inspiration is Nelson Mandela because he is a true leader who persisted against all odds. The story of his life is truly inspiring. 

My advice to students is to never ever give up and always ask for help when you feel you need it. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. 

Posted 28/04/09


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