Nura Gili News Edition 26 Apr. 2016 - Page 20

Student Ambassadors Nura Gili Student Ambassadors work closely with the Student Support team and assist in the delivery of accurate information on programs offered at UNSW, admission requirements, student support services and university life to prospective Indigenous students. Ambassadors are often the first contact that prospective Indigenous students have with UNSW at careers markets, high schools visits, community events/activities or when visiting the Kensington campus. These visits are conducted on a regular basis throughout the year. Ambassadors are also required to participate in the major promotional events held by UNSW, such as Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day, UNSW Open Day and UNSW Info Day. Name: Jay Carroll Year: 2nd year Degree: Design (Honours)/Secondary Education Hometown: Bourke, NSW Favourite thing about Nura Gili: The people, but also the feeling of home even when you’re far away from home. Why did you want to be an ambassador?: The main thing was that I wanted to get that information out there that there is support available for students. I just want to ensure that Indigenous individuals can have brighter futures. Each edition we will share the profile’s of a few of our Ambassadors to introduce them to our networks. Meet the first six: Name: Kimberley Peckham Year: 2nd year Degree: Arts/Law Hometown: Wellington, NSW Favourite thing about Nura Gili: The atmosphere and the support. Why did you want to be an ambassador?: Mainly to let the younger generation know that university is available for them, and it can be an option. Name: Ness Turnbull-Roberts Year: 2nd year Degree: Social Work (Honours) Hometown: Malabar, NSW Favourite thing about Nura Gili: The people you get to meet and the advice that one can give. Why did you want to be an ambassador?: Because I understand how important it is to have Indigenous role models who understand the challenges we face. I want to remind young Indigenous people who are facing adversity, about the power of education. Name: Noah Bedford Year: 2nd year Degree: Arts/Law Hometown: Coffs Harbour, NSW Favourite thing about Nura Gili: The facilites are great and also the family feel. Why did you want to be an ambassador?: So I can share my experience and guide young Indigenous kids into university. 20 Name: Monique Ah-See Year: 4th year Degree: Arts (Media) Hometown: Wellington, NSW Favourite thing about Nura Gili: That we’re a family! Why did you want to be an ambassador?: I think it’s important that prospective students can relate to current students, so I love talking to school kids and hearing their ambitions and letting them know that they are smart enough for university. Name: Ryan Barratt Year: 2nd year Degree: Arts/Law Hometown: Woodford, Blue Mountains, NSW Favourite thing about Nura Gili: The people as well as the academic and social support system. Why did you want to be an ambassador?: I feel now is the time for me to give back for the opportunity Nura Gili and UNSW gave me in accepting me into uni. Being an ambassador is a great platform for greater involvment within the Sydney Indigenous community and I also believe that as a Darug man from the South Sydney region, it is important to represent my community in a university context while being able to provide support for up and coming Indigenous students. 21