Students look to future as term end nears
SHE hates shopping but give her a set of tools and an engine to work on and Bella Lucke is in heaven.
The 17-year-old loves getting dirty so much she wants to make diesel fitting a full-time job.
Bella is a busy Year 12 student at St Stephen's Lutheran College but in her spare time she can't keep away from machines.
Bella joins hundreds of Year 12 leavers in the Gladstone region who are figuring out the next step after high school.
There are two weeks left until the end of the school term for senior students.
"I have liked diesel fitting since I was a kid," she said.
"I love being able to fix something when it's broken. I wouldn't be a doctor, though."
The Mt Larcom-born girl grew up with a father who worked with cranes and owned his own mechanic business.
"I'm not a girly girl. I would rather fix a car with my dad," she said.
"If my car is broken, dad gets me to fix it myself.
"I am so much more confident with my driving because if I break down on the side of the road I can fix my car and change a tyre."
Bella would love nothing more than to get an apprenticeship after a gap year in 2015.
Keeping her options open is important, though, as she considers hairdressing as an alternative.
"You are only young once and you don't know what you want to do forever," she said.
"I want to try everything."