"I am from Wilcannia, NSW. Bakandji river people. I had been enquiring for over two years and waited patiently for an indigenous course to start at VU. After completing Mumgu-Dhal Tyama-Tiyt through TAFE I have gone on to study a higher education degree, studying a Bachelor of Arts (Kyinandoo)."
"I was excited. I stuck it out; I was raised to finish something I started. I have a lot of professional people in my family. So I knew I had great support."
"After completing my Bachelor of Arts (Kyinandoo) I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2017 to continue my journey. As a part of my Honours coursework, my written thesis covered the language, lores and rules of the Bakandji people."
"I also included a creative aspect to my thesis, with my artwork detailing stories and rich cultural knowledge passed down to me by my Mother, which were a part of the creative aspects of my thesis. This art was displayed at an exhibition at the Footscray Community Arts Centre and contributed towards my assessment."
"My mother was the keeper of all the knowledge and was my inspiration for writing my thesis."
"I am considering continuing into a Masters or possibly writing my own book based on my Mother, which will expand what I covered in my thesis."
"I thoroughly enjoyed my studies in Honours and I would sincerely encourage other students to go forward and continue studies where possible, never let anything hold you back."
"Education is the key to your future, as my Mother used to say, through education the world is your oyster."