JULIA Christian is proof those in regional cities can achieve great things.
As she straightened her academic gown and prepared to deliver her valedictorian speech, Ms Christian reflected on her time at university and the opportunities that were presented to her.
“I did my final year of placement at an international humanitarian organisation in Manila,” the former Albury social worker said.
“They asked me to come and work and I have now been there working for seven months.”
She graduated with a bachelor of human services and a master of social work (honours) and flew back to Albury-Wodonga for the graduation ceremony.
While she was working in the Philippines for Community and Family Services, an organisation committed to peace and development, she raised $7000 to benefit Typhoon Haiyan survivors.
“People in Australia are so privileged and I just want to be able to help those less fortunate,” she said.
“I know I can’t do much as a single person but I can do something.”
Ms Christian said even though she now had a university degree, her education was only just beginning.
“Education is forever and that’s definitely a good thing,” she said.
Ms Christian spoke to other graduates about her transition from a pharmacy employee to a university student.
“It was daunting,” she said.
“I didn’t know I could finish essays but I learnt if you push yourself you can do it.”
Graduation wasn’t the only milestone she was celebrating.
She has also recently announced she is engaged.