After a long career in financial administration, Mrs Stevens found the courage to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.
Determined to fulfil her goal and set a good example for her six children, aged 2 to 23, she enrolled in USQ’s Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP). TPP is a free bridging course into university for people who didn’t complete Year 12 or haven’t studied in a while.
'I probably have a million started but never completed certificates in different study areas, and even though I had the best intentions, life would always prevent me from completing them,' Mrs Stevens said.
'I was worried TPP would be another one, but once I started it, I could see how it was going to help me achieve my degree entry and I was fully motivated to not only complete it, but succeed where I hadn’t before.'
Rose, who left school in Year 10, said the program not only enabled her the flexibility to study around her busy lifestyle, but the opportunity to enjoy learning again.
Thanks to her perseverance and the support from her TPP lecturers and family, Mrs Stevens was able complete the program last year and enrol in a Bachelor of Nursing.