Family legacy continues at USQ

For Education student Jasmine Hunt, USQ truly runs in the family.
11 Jan 2018

Before Jasmine started her degree, the Bachelor of Education (Primary) student had plenty of advice about the university thanks to her parents who met on campus as students decades earlier.

It was then known as the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE) and her parents, Stephen and Leonie, lived at McGregor Residential College.

“Their experiences reassured me that it was all going to work out – that I was venturing into my own experience that would be good for me professionally and personally,” Miss Hunt said.

Miss Hunt is about to enter her final year at USQ and plans to work as a primary school teacher in a rural community after her graduation.

She’s made the most of her time at the University, including joining the USQ Student Ambassador program to share her study experiences with prospective students and assist with campus activities including tours and university Open Days.

“The Student Ambassador program was really my first ‘USQ interaction’ as a high school student visiting an Open Day event,” Miss Hunt said.

“Walking into a new institution can feel a bit overwhelming but the Student Ambassadors made me feel like I belonged at USQ by explaining what it was like to be a student here.

“That’s why I became a Student Ambassador - I thought it'd be great to have that same impact on others.”

Miss Hunt said while USQ might look different now (compared to when her parents attended), its mission has stayed the same.

“USQ is still a young university that continues to grow and improve itself,” she said.

“It’s a community of motivated people who know what they want or where they’re going, and are taking steps to ensure they get it / there.

“Our classes are taught by people who've worked in the field so you know that the advice they're giving is genuine.

“Students know that everyone (tutorial and lecture teachers, and support staff) just want to see us succeed. We’re supported from day one and know we’re never doing it alone.”

Jasmine’s parents, Stephen and Leonie, met at USQ’s McGregor College in the mid-80s whilst studying an Associate Diploma in Laboratory Techniques (Chemistry) and Bachelor of Business (Accounting) respectively.

“DDIAE provided an amazing opportunity to go to university instead of getting a job straight from school,” Mrs Hunt, a former taxation accountant, said.

“Full-time study in a supportive learning environment made the new experience a lot easier.”

Mr Hunt worked for the Queensland Government in Agricultural Chemistry for a number of years before becoming a self-employed grazier in partnership with his wife.

“My learned skills have allowed me to continue evolving our production systems,” he said.

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Education student Jasmine Hunt outside USQ’s McGregor College where her parents met