Faculty of Education

Nicole Smith

I heard about the University of Tasmania growing up at career and orientation days at college and I always thought that I would never be able to study there as I doubted myself academically.

Nicole Smith, Launceston

Bachelor of Education (HPE)

As a young child I was always very active and loved physical education at school and this is where the dream of being a Physical Education teacher started. Along with this I also was involved with the New Horizons Club and the Special Olympics from the age of 10 through to 15. Although I didn’t have a disability I always helped out and encouraged other members to be the best they could be. So I think I’ve always had a passion for helping others and feel a sense of satisfaction when I see them succeeding.

I heard about the University of Tasmania growing up at career and orientation days at college and I always thought that I would never be able to study there as I doubted myself academically. But I was encouraged by a friend who is completing a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and her mother, who is a teacher. They encouraged me to enrol in a Diploma of University Studies to help me prepare for my Bachelor of Education after I told them my passion for becoming a Physical Education Teacher.

A highlight of my time at University so far would be having a very successful first semester and starting new friendships. I have also learnt so much about being teacher that I never would have even considered prior to commencing at the University of Tasmania.

Winning the YMCA Ray Willis Award has helped me acquire text books and equipment related to my studies. This award will also help pay for my certification in Aus Swim and a Bronze medallion. As a full time student it is hard to balance part-time/casual work when each unit recommends 10 hours of study per week so income is limited.

My advice for future students would be to not doubt yourself and your ability to succeed because you can actually do anything if you put your mind to it. Just takes time and effort. Your potential is limitless.