Pottsville resident Jacelyn Brown, 20, is in her final year of a nursing degree.
Pottsville resident Jacelyn Brown, 20, is in her final year of a nursing degree. Nikki Todd

Student life is tough but good

GONE are the days of students hamming it up, spending half their time partying.

These days, undertaking a full-time university degree is not only a full-time job but expensive, too.

Griffith University student Jacelyn Brown, who is in the final year of her nursing degree, was recently forced to move back home to Pottsville so she could afford to study and complete her upcoming eight-week internship.

It will be the final internship Ms Brown undertakes before she graduates at the end of the year.

Juggling full-time study and her internship, MsBrown also works part-time at Tweed City to help pay her way.

“I was living with friends at Banora Point, but there was no way I could afford to do an eight-week placement if I didn’t move home,” she said.

“It’s good studying but it is hard. You have to do so many hours with your placements, but it is good to do them.”

Ms Brown went straight to university after high school to ensure a secure income for her future.

“People associate having a more secure income if you go to university rather than just out into the workforce,” she said.

“I always wanted to either teach or do nursing because I like helping people. I made up my mind when my dad starting going into hospital and I saw the good and the bad nurses.”

Ms Brown selected Griffith’s Gold Coast campus as her university of choice, bypassing the closer Southern Cross University at Coolangatta, which also offers nursing degrees.

“Griffith is next to the new Gold Coast Hospital and its new facilities and I thought I was more likely to be able to get a job in Queensland than NSW,” she said.



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