Girl Friday plans to study then help teens

SIAN Smith is on her way to achieving her goal of becoming a psychologist after enrolling at CQUniversity this year.

Ms Smith recently attended the O Week activities at the Gladstone marina campus, making her dream even more real.

"I want to work with young people and help them achieve their goals," she said.

"If I can help other kids to overcome those barriers, that will just be everything I've ever wanted."

She said O Week was a great way to boost her confidence.

"Actually going to class at the Marina and meeting other students and having the support of my teachers, it was incredible," she said.

Ms Smith, who moved to Gladstone from NSW a few years ago, said studying psychology would be a personal journey as well as a career

"I didn't get much help when I was younger," she said.

"I didn't get a lot of help and I fell through the cracks a bit. I went to a private girls' boarding school and I didn't fit in at all."

Ms Smith finished school at Year 10 but later did her HSC through TAFE.

Lat year, Ms Smith finished bridging program STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies) at CQU.

Now at 23, she is ready to take on the three-year degree, which she will study externally full time.

"I would like to do my masters as well," she said.

In her spare time, Ms Smith likes to maintain her fitness

"I manage the Pole Fitness studio in Gladstone," she said. "It's heaps of fun and a hobby. I've been doing it for two years now."

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