Get to know Caitlin
It was amazing and really did start the process of changing my life.
My name is Caitlin Turnbull. I’m studying a Bachelor of Accounting at CQUniversity Bundaberg, in my final year. I’m also the recipient of the Auswide Bank Scholarship and have been for the past three years.
It was a combination of people who encouraged me to apply for the scholarship – it was a mix between my teachers in high school, my parents, and also myself, wanting to be able to financially support myself throughout university.
I live out of town, so that’s half an hour to and from every day. In my first year, I went to University every single day. It doesn’t sound like much to begin with, but when you’re travelling five hours a week just going to University, it starts clocking up.
Receiving the Auswide Bank Scholarship was amazing and really did start the process of changing my life. I’ve been able to devote my time to my studies, which has definitely been a benefit to my grades. This year, I was also able to start volunteering at a local hospital in their Finance department and gain experience, whilst still juggling my studies and not having to worry about financial stress.
I knew that I never had to worry about how am I going to pay for fuel or how am I going to afford textbooks, but the whole scholarship process is also more than just money. I’ve got to network with the Managing Director of Auswide Bank, and get advice from him, and that’s going to shape my future.
The scholarship is not just about the money, it’s about all the opportunities that you get to have because of it.
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