Indigenous scholarships pave the way for Tamika
Tamika Worrell is the first in her family to go to university. The youngest of five siblings, there was no expectation from her family that she would pursue her studies after high school. But Tamika had a passion for learning and teaching and was determined to attain a higher education.
She chose Macquarie because of its early entry pathways through Walanga Muru, Macquarie’s Indigenous Student Centre. As a highly self-motivated high school student, she applied and was accepted much to the joy of her family. She is an inspiration to other family members who have seen what she has achieved through hard work and perseverance.
Tamika was awarded the Way-Soranson Scholarship for Indigenous Education students. Before receiving the scholarship, she experienced financial struggles, completing a cadetship and having to work on weekends to fund her studies. The scholarship gave her the freedom to concentrate on studying and the financial backing and confidence to pursue her dream – to complete a Masters of Research in the Human Sciences faculty studying education. She then hopes to do a PhD, focusing on Indigenous education.
“The scholarship boosted my self-esteem and made me feel validated for my hard work. It encouraged me to work even harder and put me on the pathway to finish my degree and start giving back by helping students through my work at Walanga Muru.”
Tamika is now working in student engagement and part of her job is to encourage and guide Indigenous students to achieve their potential.
“Had it not been for the scholarship, I would not have been able to continue on with postgraduate studies. Although I’ve always wanted to teach, I now see other opportunities for an academic career in universities, or in educational leadership which could help make impactful changes for educators and students through research.”
“Being able to assist and support my fellow students has increased my passion for education, as I strive to ensure Indigenous success at a tertiary setting for all of our students, no matter where they are on their journey.”
About Walanga Muru
Walanga Muru provides opportunities for Aboriginal students and staff at Macquarie through a holistic, strategic approach. Walanga Muru aims to assist the Aboriginal leaders of the future in their tertiary education journey. The language name of our office - Walanga Muru 'follow your path' - reminds us of the pathways we each take in life, and the role of strategy to support our Communities to follow their pathways and realise their potential.
Walanga Muru has developed a comprehensive framework for the support and progression of Aboriginal students at Macquarie. Walanga Muru believe that the future leaders of tomorrow should be supported in a holistic and culturally safe environment that promotes Aboriginal success through tertiary education.
Content owner: Advancement Last updated: 11 Jun 2019 1:52pm