“The Science Olympiads changed me” – A message from Brittany Walker
My name is Brittany Walker and I live in Ulladulla, a small coastal town three hours south of Sydney.
Ulladulla is a great place to grow up, but there are some real challenges to pursuing an interest in science when you live outside a major city. There are no extra-curricular clubs, science programs or workshops like the ones city kids can go to.
So when I was invited to attend Curious Minds my world was turned upside down (in a good way). The program encouraged me to develop a deeper interest in science. I also had a mentor, who was a former Science Olympian, and she really helped and encouraged me.
Curious Minds opened up a lot of fields in my head that I could be doing other than just the generic smart person jobs and careers, like medicine or law.
It also increased my confidence in my science abilities so much that I went on to earn a place at the Australian Science Olympiads Earth and Environmental summer school.
I loved the Science Olympiad summer school. It opened my eyes to what university’s actually like except probably a little on steroids. It was full-on but really rewarding.
“Curious Minds and the Australian Science Olympiads has changed me. I’m now interested in pursuing a degree in environmental science – something I would never have thought I could do a few years ago.”
You can help open up a world of opportunities to country kids like me by giving to the Australian Science Olympiad summer school scholarship appeal. Our aim for 2017 is to fund one scholarship valued at $2000.
A small contribution can make a big difference, and it’s all tax deductible.