While the Greater Shepparton Secondary College student’s final year of schooling was far from normal, Shaelyn said the support from her teachers got her through it.
“Year 12 was obviously very different and not what anyone expected. I went into it thinking it was going to be a challenging but fun final year of schooling,” she said.
“It proved to be very difficult because of all the disruptions. But we had constant support form the teachers to get us through it.
“They assured us that we would get there if we kept at it. They also reminded us that there are plenty of other ways to get where we want to go without university if things didn’t go as planned.”
Shaelyn was planning to study in Melbourne but changed her mind after crunching the numbers and watching the unfolding COVID-19 situation.
“I decided it would be better for me financially to stay in Shepparton and it means I can be closer to my family when I need them and when they need me,” she said.
“I chose nursing because I’ve always had an interest in healthcare and think it would be a great career path for me.
“I want to be a paediatric nurse because I love helping people and working with kids, so it’s a combination of both.”
This article first appeared in Shepparton News, 18th January 2021