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James

Student at the University of Technology, Sydney

James 

I didn't like school. I didn't understand what was going on in the classroom. As long as I excelled at sport, the school didn't mind what my marks were. When I told the careers advisor I wanted to go to university, she said, "You're not smart enough to do that."

When I started working at the gym, I'd read the newspaper on my breaks and get upset about the way Aboriginal people were being portrayed. One day my boss said, "If you want to change what the media says in this country, why don't you get yourself educated?"

Now I study part-time and work full-time. I feel like I'm making a difference. I'm part of the media and I'm helping influence it. I wouldn't have gotten where I am without going to uni.
The biggest roadblock is self-doubt. Those limitations in your mind can really hold you back.

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