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Indigenous student Krysta welcomes GPC scholarship to support her CQU studies

Published:01 July 2020

Krysta Alexander has received a scholarship from the Gladstone Ports Corporation to continue her studies at CQU.

CQUniversity Education (Secondary) student Krysta Alexander has had her studies boosted significantly after she received a scholarship from the Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC).

The 22-year-old Indigenous student was recently awarded the GPC Talent Today Talent Tomorrow Scholarship, which will greatly support her studies at CQU.

“I am super excited to have received the scholarship – it will help me juggle being a mum with my university studies and work placement, without the need to worry a lot about finances,” Krysta said.

Krysta’s passion for teaching emerged in 2016 when she was doing a traineeship with GPC.

“I worked for the GPC during 2016 for a drafting traineeship, and it was while I was there that I discovered my love for teaching through assisting the work experience students, new trainees and co-op students,” she said.

“Every person in the world has teachers they love and teachers they may not have enjoyed so much. I strive to be a teacher who can create a welcoming and safe environment for all my students – an environment where they don't feel judged and scared to answer questions, where wrong answers and mistakes are embraced as motivation to do better, not looked down upon.”

Krysta has had the opportunity to put her skills into practice at Toolooa State High School, where she will soon commence as an Indigenous Teacher’s Aide.

“I get to help Australia’s next generation, who wouldn't want to do that?” she said.

After taking a year off to have her son, Krysta is now getting back into her studies and looks to graduate at the end of 2022. She said she’s learned a lot during her study and employment journey.

“I have completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting through CQU TAFE and SkillsTech,” she said. 

“The Business and Drafting certificates both assisted greatly in my confidence in communication within a business, understanding how a business operates, computer programs, and even built my confidence in simple things like making and answering phone calls.”

In 2017, when she was studying from Brisbane, Krysta received the Arrow Energy Scholarship, which helped her with living and university costs.

“Uni is definitely challenging even more so now with my son, but I am driven to succeed so I can finally follow my dreams of being a teacher. The road is long, but it is worth it,” she said.