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COVID-19 couldn’t stop pursuit of lifelong dream

University of Southern Queensland student Emma Hutchison made the biggest decision of her life to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.

Moving from the beaches of Shellharbour in New South Wales to Springfield in early 2020, Emma chose the University of Southern Queensland because of what it offers in education.

“When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a teacher, it’s been my lifelong dream,” Ms Hutchison said.

“I chose the University of Southern Queensland because it’s a smaller university meaning I get more face time with my lecturers.

“There are also so many opportunities here when it comes to placement and practical learning.”

However, with the arrival of COVID-19 changing the world, Ms Hutchison found herself stuck in a new city in her first semester of study.

“Three weeks into my degree we went into lockdown. I only had my partner up here which was really hard,” she said.

“Mentally, I struggled a lot with being away from home and not being able to go back and see my family.”

While isolation did take a toll on Ms Hutchison, she said the University of Southern Queensland gave her all the tools necessary to stay on top of her studies.

“Everything was made available to me online and my lecturers quickly adapted to online learning,” Ms Hutchison said.

“I was also able to gain a solid group of friends that support each other and catch up outside of class.”

Although it was difficult to leave her hometown, Ms Hutchison knows the benefits of living in a growing area such as Springfield.

“There are so many teaching opportunities in this area. I know multiple schools that are growing and need teachers,” Ms Hutchison said.

“I am currently on placement at Marsden State School and I am so grateful to have this experience so early in my degree.”

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University of Southern Queensland Education student Emma Hutchison.