Nura Gili News Edition 26 Apr. 2016 - Page 10

Frances Zahra Student Academic Support Officer Frances has always been a local within the Sydney area, attending school in both Annandale and Strathfield. She studied at the University of Notre Dame in Broadway, where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce and majored in Marketing and Public Relations. After graduating from University, Frances worked in Events Management, however, she eventually realised that her passion was to teach. After returning to University and completing her Graduate Diploma in Education, Frances began working within high schools, teaching English. Although she enjoyed teaching students, she realised the importance of student welfare, which became more of a concern for her. So, when Frances’ brother, Dom, a UNSW student heavily involved with Nura Gilli, suggested she apply for the role of Student Academic Support Officer, she jumped at the opportunity to apply, as she knew her passion was to support students. As Student Academic Support Officer, Frances’ role has involved assisting students with their ability to comprehend assessments and organising tutors. Her work focuses on the academic aspects of the operations of Nura Gili. Frances credits the selfless staff at Nura Gili as one of the rewarding aspects of being involved with the unit, who she says are “willing to drop everything” if at any time she needs assistance. Her role as Student Academic Support Officer, has given her the opportunity to work alongside students, where she is able to find satisfaction in knowing that she is able to help with students and their academics. Erin, Virginia and Frances are all valuable staff members of Nura Gili, with years of experience in both Education and Academia. We’re all excited to work alongside them in the near future, as they are vital assets to the functions of Nura Gili. So please make them feel welcome and don’t be afraid to say hi and have a yarn! 10