When we first met Bianca Hunt in 2018, she was nervous about starting her double degree in psychology and criminology. The mother of seven was starting university as a mature age student, wanting to set an example for her children by becoming the first in her family to attend tertiary education.
Bianca was our 2018 Transforming Futures Scholarships* ambassador and talked about what the scholarship meant to her. “It was about confidence. No one else in my family had even finished Year 12, and here was I, aged 32, planning to go and study with kids my daughter’s age. Even the thought of stepping onto campus was terrifying!”
We are pleased to report that Bianca is still doing really well and is continuing with her study. She is still wants to work with families, young people and Indigenous communities. She would like a career where she works to help lower crime, violence and suicide rates.
In late 2018, Bianca was given an opportunity to speak at the Worawa Aboriginal College, an all-girls boarding school in Victoria. She spoke about the challenges of completing school as a teen parent, growing up in the country and being the first in her family to pursue formal education. Bianca also celebrated and acknowledged the students’ strength in moving away from their families, most aiming to be the first to complete their education.
“At times small steps can seem insignificant and a vision out of reach but combine these two and lives can change,” Bianca said.
Bianca has also recently started work as a training facilitator for the QPR (Question, Pursuade and Refer) a suicide awareness program. The position involves delivering training sessions with various businesses and community groups to educate people about suicide awareness. Bianca also works at Lifeline as a supervisor.
Full-time study, two jobs and seven children is enough to keep anyone busy, but Bianca manages to continue to focus on her studies and inspire those around her. Her eldest daughter is set to start at UOW College – an entry pathway to UOW – and Bianca has another daughter completing the Higher School Certificate this year.
We applaud Bianca’s hard work and determination and wish her all the best for her studies and career.
*Transforming Futures Scholarships were previously known as Learning and Development Scholarships