Graduate: Emma Mallon
I attended Southern Cross University from 2005 until 2009. The course I undertook was the Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education, specialising in the study of English and History. My first memory of Southern Cross University was as a high school student, stepping onto the Lismore campus for an intensive holiday study program. From the first day, I was filled with a sense of amazement at this new and foreign environment. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced and I couldn't wait to return as a full-time student.
In 2005 I began my combined Bachelor Degree and the reality of university life quickly set in. The expectations of university lit within me a desire to achieve and an awareness of the world around me. Working while studying was always a struggle, but the increasing availability of online courses allowed me to do much of my course at a time convenient for me. In my fourth year following a move to the Gold Coast, the decision to attend the Tweed Campus seemed like a simple one to make. It was in this year that I enjoyed the most memorable experiences of my university life. During 2008 I met my now husband Mac, as well as a gang of truly unique and fun-loving people, that I have formed life-long friendships with. Many of these new friends were Canadian students, arriving in Australia for a year of fun, sun and a little bit of study. This year the reality of soon becoming a teacher was sinking in as we went out into schools and experienced our practicum placements. There were many difficult days and moments of uncertainty but by the end of the year, we had all well and truly caught the teaching bug.
In 2009, I finished my studies at Southern Cross University through online study, while working and living in England and Canada. At the conclusion of the year I returned to the Lismore campus, where my educational journey began, to graduate. Standing amongst the vast number of graduates, I felt very much like I did on that first day, the significance of the weighty moment was evident to all of us; we had finally made it. As I look back on my years at Southern Cross University, it is hard to imagine how different my life would have been, should I have chosen another path. It is hard to imagine life without my wonderful husband and all of the beautiful friends I've made along the way.
I currently work as a High School teacher at Banora Point High School. The knowledge gained during my degree prepared me for a challenging but rewarding career. Although I continue to learn from my mentors, my colleagues and my experiences, I'll never disregard all of the things learnt inside the walls of Southern Cross University.