by Marc Barnbaum
Teanna Ramsamy (right) with CQUniversity Student Experience Director Dr Melinda Mann, during the recent Valedictory Dinner celebrating the achievements of Indigenous graduates. Image: supplied
Achieving 'more than what was preordained' a key driver for Torres Strait Islander alumnus
Teanna Ramsamy grew up in a blue collar household with hard-working parents who did not complete high school.
Her own life journey has not been short of challenges - including caring for her terminally ill husband and two children - however the Mackay local has stuck to her guns to build her education and career prospects.
"My CQUniversity studies have given me a sense of accomplishment and I was influenced to achieve more than what I may have been preordained to do," Teanna says.
The keen student has already graduated from a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma of Business Studies, and a Bachelor of Business.
She's lately been enrolled in Bachelor of Education units, while waiting to start her Masters of Teaching (Secondary) degree by coursework in January 2020.
On the career front, Teanna spent years coordinating apprentices for a group training organisation before gaining a role with CQUniversity's Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.
She now works as the Business Services Manager at Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School. Based at CQUni Mackay City Campus, the innovative school provides secondary schooling opportunities to young people who have previously been disengaged and alienated from the conventional school system.
Teanna is proud of her Torres Strait Islander heritage from the Koedal (crocodile) clan of Boigu Island.
The hard-working student did not take on any scholarships throughout her studies as she felt the funding would have been better spent on students who needed the money, as she was employed full-time for most of her degree.
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