My name is Nada Van Kempen, I studied a Bachelor of Media with a major in Journalism (Journalism (now Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications) at Southern Cross University's Lismore campus.
I chose the Bachelor of Media here at Southern Cross because it is really a multi-skilled degree and it can give me all the skills I need to be in the constantly growing and constantly changing media industry. I also picked it because I'm able to do a major in Journalism which I am really passionate about and the end goal is to one day be a journalist so this degree can help me get there.
One of my favourite things about being a university student is that I get to study what I want to study and I get to study what I love. So, you know, that's the major difference between high school and university is that you come to university to do what you want to do, and so every aspect of my degree I love doing it because it's where I want to be and it's what I want to do.
The campus is full of really great facilities for every single degree and I know that in my degree we have amazing studio facilities and concert facilities that we get to work in. We have, you know, production standard equipment we have TV studio equipment everything is up to professional standard and I love having the facilities here.
My advice for someone who is thinking about going to university is pick something that you love, pick something that you think will make you smile and run with it.
So I came into Southern Cross University through the Head Start program, which is a program designed to have high school students in their senior years do a unit of university study while completing their HSC. So I came into the uni through doing that and I studied a communications and organisations unit, and I successfully completed that at the beginning of year 11, and I was given my offer into the Bachelor of Media at the end of year 11. So that really took the weight off the HSC and took the worries out of that. And after the HSC I came into my first year of Bachelor of Media with Head Start behind me and it yeah it was heaps of fun and it was a really really good starting platform.
I'm Nada Van Kempen, and that's my story.