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Cairns mum's epiphany and milestone on way to becoming solicitor

Published:16 September 2015

Cairns mother Nareeta Davis says she felt like an 'uncompleted jigsaw' until her mid-30s when she plucked up the courage to meet four of her nine half siblings for the first time.

Cairns mother Nareeta Davis says she felt like an 'uncompleted jigsaw' until her mid-30s when she plucked up the courage to meet four of her nine half siblings for the first time.

Nareeta says that travelling to Brisbane and meeting her siblings from her Indigenous father made her feel reborn and gave her the inner strength to follow her heart and to act on her goal to become a solicitor.

"It was like looking in a mirror and lifted my inner spirit to meet my siblings on that side of the family," she says,

Nareeta is now well advanced in her Bachelor of Laws with CQUniversity and is getting good grades, despite juggling Uni studies with part-time work, in BDO's insolvency division, and being a mother to two primary school children.

"I disliked school and struggled but now thanks to my new-found confidence and after completing a preparatory STEPS course with CQUni I'm getting good marks in my Bachelor of Laws program. I'm even tutoring other students," she says.

"I really must thank my husband, mum, younger sisters, my employer, my lecturers, and family for their support and encouragement. In addition, I am very appreciative to have the guidance and support from a qualified lawyer whom voluntarily gives up his own time to assist me and answer those tricky questions, as the degree is on-line based."

Nareeta's new-found confidence also prompted her to nominate for the pilot of the Queensland Law Society Student Ambassador Program.

After a selection and interview process, she is not only among the 10 ambassadors who have been chosen and announced.

She is the only CQUni ambassador and the only one in Queensland representing online law studies.

"Since I'm just turning 40 I'm also the oldest student ambassador," Nareeta says.

The busy Cairns mum recently travelled to Brisbane for the QLS Student Ambassador Program Orientation Day.

Her ambassadorial role will include sharing knowledge about the Society and careers in law with her peers, as well as encouraging student membership.

"I will be promoting the free student membership of QLS along with benefits including networking and some great resources available from the Society; for example on ethics in law."

Details on the QLS Student Ambassador Program are available via studentambassador@qls.com.au .