DUBBO Girls Academy graduate Rosa-May Williams-Karam is having the 'time of her life', since moving to Macquarie University to study law.
After finishing high school in 2017, the former Dubbo College student took a gap year to work at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and travel before heading to university where she enrolled in a bachelor of Security Studies.
She will soon switch to a Bachelor of Laws degree.
While at school, Rosa-May took part in the Girls Academy, Australia's leading in-school mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.
She now lives at Dunmore Lang College on campus at Macquarie Uni.
She said the move and transition to Sydney life was difficult at first but "the uni and college were amazing and provided all of the help and services someone leaving home and studying full-time needed".
"University is honestly the time of my life, I have met so many amazing, likeminded people who made the move so much easier and made Sydney feel like home.
"At the moment, I am in Dubbo studying via distance, enrolled in specifically law subjects, as I am changing my degree mid-semester.
"I am going to be studying a Bachelor of Laws with a major in criminology, as that interests me the most. I will be returning to Sydney in July to complete the rest of my five-year degree."
Rosa-May said she plans to work in the criminal justice system.
"I hope to help people, to make a difference and be a voice for those who do not have one or who are not heard... I am very lucky to have the opportunities I have been given and I encourage those in a position of considering uni and plans after school to go for it, education is so important and the more you know the more you are able to understand the world around you and enjoy life," she said.
Of the 2017 Girls Academy Year 12s, 84 per cent went on to university, TAFE, or employment.
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