Determination is a powerful tool, and Former TAFE Western Aboriginal student Courtney Bott is today sharing her inspirational education journey in the hope it will resonate with other students, motivating them to never give up and work hard to achieve their dreams.
Ms Bott is well on her way to achieving her life-long ambition of becoming a midwife, having just obtained employment at the Singleton District Hospital in the medical ward. This is a mammoth leap in the right direction, but the 25 year-old knows it’s been quite the journey to reach this milestone.
“I’m a young, single mother that never finished school through to Year 12,” she said. “I had my son when I was 21, and while he was young I started my nursing adventure at Lithgow TAFE – studying the Certificate III in Aged Care.
“From there, I wanted to further my learning in nursing, going on to complete the Diploma in Nursing at Bathurst TAFE, before gaining employment at Singleton Hospital.”
As testament to Ms Bott’s determination to succeed, she started the Nursing Diploma in February 2014. In July that year, she was involved in a serious car accident, resulting in a laceration to her eyelid, which required multiple surgeries.
While she missed a lot of class time, TAFE Western nursing teachers Debbie Greenhalgh, Leigh Maxwell and Lee Forrest helped her through this difficult time, before she graduated with the Diploma in March 2016.
“Without TAFE Western helping me I wouldn’t have been able to have this wonderful opportunity that’s been presented to me,” Ms Bott said.
“I will deeply miss the teachers at TAFE Western – they were there when I needed them and went above and beyond to give me the help I needed to get through the course.
“I would definitely encourage anyone wanting to study, not to be scared and do it.”
Ms Greenhalgh paid tribute to Ms Bott, commending her dedication and commitment.
“Courtney has worked so hard to gain her Diploma and has been an inspirational student,” she said. “Despite several setbacks, Courtney remained determined and focused on her studies and never lost sight of her goal.
“Successful completion of the Diploma has provided the pathway to employment and further study for Courtney and we wish her every success in the future.”
For more information about TAFE Western’s huge range of Nursing courses, please visit www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone the course hotline on 1300 823 393.