30 years. 30 Degrees. 30 students. 30 accomplishments.
And here we are, back at it again for Volume Two of our countdown to celebrate the University of South Australia’s 30th Anniversary! To catch you all up, we are going from 30 to 1 to explore UniSA’s most compelling degrees through the eyes of some its most excellent students!
This time around we have reached out to contemporary artists, journalists and physiotherapists amongst others to shed light on their degrees and, most importantly, their biggest accomplishments during their time studying. This countdown is only getting started, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Volume Three in Verse’s next edition, coming soon!
25) Ella Maude Wilson, Bachelor of Contemporary Art (Honours) and a Graduate Certificate of Marketing
My biggest achievement while studying my undergraduate was having a piece exhibited in the South Australian Museum as a Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize Finalist, having another piece in a folio compilation acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, and travelling to Toronto for a semester exchange – all in the same year! I have loved all the opportunities that have come my way throughout my academic journey and cannot wait to find out where it will take me next.
[For further features of Ella’s work in Edition 39, check out Tidal on pages 28-29 and Looks of UniSA on pages 58-61]
24) Nate Drewett, Bachelor of Communications and Media
My biggest accomplishment whilst studying at UniSA has been evolving my ability to learn. University can be so fast paced and overwhelming when it comes to the amount of knowledge you are expected to consume on a weekly basis. There is also then your ability to understand that knowledge efficiently which is vital to you never falling behind or feeling overwhelmed. Improving the way and the speed in which I learn is vital to not only university but will benefit me throughout my future career. For example, this has come in handy when I recently became a Trainee Producer for She Digital as a result of completing an internship.
[For further features of Nate’s work in Edition 39, check out Looks of UniSA on pages 58-61]
23) Helen Karakulak, Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing & a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature)
I have had a number of opportunities that contributed to building my confidence along with my portfolio. I have met some incredible people through my degree: likeminded students, supportive tutors, industry connections and interesting talent. Networking, podcasting, pitching and being published in different publications, like Adelaide Theatre Guide, Verse, On the Record and various community newsletters and websites, has been super valuable.
A standout accomplishment is being appointed editor of On the Record this year. One of the highlights, so far, has been coordinating our team to become media accredited reviewers of the Adelaide Fringe. This allowed me to give journalism students, who had never reviewed before, a new opportunity and put them in touch with other established journalists with a background in arts and culture. I am looking forward to pursuing more opportunities like this across different news rounds for On the Record and seeing where the year takes us.
[For further features of Helen’s work in Edition 39, check out her team On the Record’s work for Humans of UniSA on pages 34-37]
22) Liam Mathew, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
To me there has not been a single event which I would count as my biggest accomplishment but rather my biggest accomplishment is the feeling of how far I have come. I sometimes find myself laughing at the thought of how difficult simple techniques seemed when I was starting out and how much I have learnt since. Similarly, it blows me away how much more difficult the theory has become whilst still being manageable. It is honestly still surreal to now be interacting with real patients and making a difference in people’s lives, which is something I am especially proud of.
21) Hayley Brand, Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Science (Honours)
My biggest accomplishment while studying at UniSA is knowing that I am making an impact and a change. Even if it is small, I know that I am having a positive effect. By being exposed to a variety of professionals in the environmental field, I am always assured that what I am doing is making a big difference. Over the years I have been at UniSA, I have had interviews and chats with many like-minded people. It fills me with so much joy that we can make such a connection talking about the environment which is something that we all bring so much new and inspiring knowledge to; this fuels our passion for conservation.
[For further features of Hayley’s work in Edition 39, check out In[ter]view: The Green Thumb Approach on pages 42-46]