FORWARD THINKER: Tia Tassin, 17, can’t wait to study her Bachelor of Education degree at CQUniversity in 2015 with a good head start.
FORWARD THINKER: Tia Tassin, 17, can’t wait to study her Bachelor of Education degree at CQUniversity in 2015 with a good head start. Contributed

Student rewarded for hard work at high school

TIA Tassin knows a thing or two about hard work.

The 17-year-old decided she wanted to kick-start her university degree early, so she joined the Start Uni Now program at CQUniversity in Gladstone when she was in Year 11 at Trinity College.

On top of five school subjects, Tia studied four Bachelor of Education subjects through distance education.

She did 12 hours of university work each week, and her school holidays were filled with studying.

On the CQU campus this week, she was awarded the Rex Metcalfe Lifelong Learning Award with a $1000 bursary to support her studies at university, and a $200 bursary for completing the SUN program.

Tia was over the moon with what she had achieved.

"It was definitely tough and a tight schedule. On the weekends there's not much time to have fun and muck around and that's the risk you take," she said.

"It (the bursary) was overwhelming. At school I had won other awards too, such as The Caltex Best All Rounder Award for academic, leadership, sporting and community.

"All the hard work I did paid off and that's what I wanted."

Tia has a strong desire to become a teacher after getting a taste of the profession at two local schools.

"I did work experience at Clinton in Grade 10 and I really loved it," she said.

"I have been doing dance teaching at Trinity for three years. I do all the choreography at school for the end-of-year production."

However, her real passion lies in eventually educating children in remote areas of the country.

"I want to teach in outback and rural areas," Tia said.

She skipped Schoolies and will forego New Year's partying, too.

"I am going up north doing cattle work for six weeks. It will be hard work and hot," she said.

Tia will embark on her four-year degree in 2015, but she won't have as many subjects to complete.



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