At the close of entries on 1 December 2015 we had over 250 entries. Students were asked to submit a 500 word essay on the topic “What does success mean to you?” There were countless fantastic entries. Seven finalists were selected and a panel of judges at training.com.au were asked to vote for their favourite. All seven finalists produced excellent essays, making the voting very tight.
But there could only be one winner…. It is our pleasure to present the $1,000 scholarship to Katie from Morley, WA. Well done Katie!
Training.com.au caught up with Katie to present the scholarship and we asked her about her studies and future plans:
“Fortunately, I have been accepted to study the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Notre Dame in 2016. I will be striving then to move into a postgraduate of medicine. From there my future plans are to work in an area where I can be hands on with trauma, either continuing study to become a trauma surgeon or obtain work in an emergency department. The road is going to be a long and tough one, but thanks to Training.com.au my first year into higher education is going to be that little bit easier.”
Here is her thought-provoking essay that struck a chord with the judges can be read here:
What does success mean to me?
Katie from Morley, WA
“I believe that success is not measured by your achievements, but rather by the positive imprint you leave on other people’s lives. Yes winning an award for your time and effort is a triumph, for graduating, an attainment however what good are these if they are not put into practice?
If we look beyond I, me, my, for achievement but to those that we give our time too, this is a real success. We have overlooked our personal needs to assist the less fortunate. We have fought the selfish human nature embedded in our instincts.
I am not some superhero. I still do love winning awards, reaching goals. I am only human. But for in many of my overseas travels, I have seen poverty. I have seen people on the streets with horrific facial injuries, things that could have been made better with good medical assistance. This is why to me, yes it would be an achievement to obtain a medical degree, but the real success is when I can offer my future expertise to those who could never have dreamed of such help.
Look at the wonderful Africa Mercy Ship that offers free medical assistance to Africans. This is truly an example of success. The endlessly dedicated hours to help another, away from home and family a true sacrifice, a true success. This is why for school leavers, the party hard period for many graduating teens I have chosen to volunteer instead. The smile you can put on other people’s faces is more worthwhile than a hangover.
To me, success is being more for plural than singular. Acts for others don’t have to be mighty, simple as making a cup of tea for somebody else. It’s the fact that one has thought of someone else, rather than themselves, which makes them successful. Success is not measured by your achievements, but rather by the positive imprint you leave on other people’s lives.”
“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
Well done Katie and best of luck with your Nursing degree.