Jules, you'd make a great teacher. So I hope you get into that Uni.
My daughter Adele completed her 3 year teaching course at Murdoch Uni and she's just about to finish her third year in the difficult to teach area, a remote town called Mt Magnet. She has 28 students 50% are aboriginal, the white kids are the children of the gold miners.
I had to laugh, they only have one supermarket, no hospital, but they have 3 large pubs. She's had many adventures both good and dangerous but she loves teaching so much. And the students and teachers all love her.
Bad things that happened to her
* On her very first day of teaching, a year 2 child pulled out a knife and said he was going to cut all the kids (she calmly gave a red ticket to a little girl to give the head master, who came back with reinforcements) It had never happened before and the child is now her best student.
* She caught the flu which made her go into a diabetic coma because her blood sugars went low and there was no hospital, the doctor was out of town (he has a 200 kilometer area to take care of) luckily her fiance found her and managed to revive her by pouring honey down the side of her mouth.
* She caught hepatitis A off one of the students.
They gave her 3 days off work plus the weekend but the pains in her liver lasted 3 months and her liver wouldn't process protein for ages, she was like a skeleton.
Good things that happened to Adele
* The aboriginals loved her so much they called her Aunty, and on week days when the teens rob houses for drug money, they left her house alone, the elder announced she was family and she was not to be harmed.
They also took her for 3 hour bush walks on weekends and taught her about bush tucker, the white spirits that roam the caves and the land and about dream time history. And how every human has an animal protector.
* She met a teacher (high school sport teacher) who was also doing his first 3 years in the outback and they fell in love and are going to get married next year.
* She also got nominated for the teacher of the year award (that school has never put in a nomination before she came along)
* she formed an after school choir/dance group for the high school teens
* She's part of the volunteer fire and ambulance rescue team.
* She volunteers herself and creates fund raisers for different organizations. Including having the monthly swapmeet.
She said she wouldn't trade any of her good or bad experiences for anything in the world. Teaching is the best and most rewarding occupation ever.
I can hardly wait for her to come home this Christmas (this time for good) I wonder which 'burb she'll have to teach in.
This past week she came down to Perth on the school bus with 13 of her students and several teachers. It was the grade 7 end of year excursion. She chose Rottnest Island for the kids to visit.
When you finish your course, would you have to teach in remote areas of your state too?