Port Macquarie student wins NSW Student of the Year

Port Macquarie student wins NSW Student of the Year


CSU Port Macquarie student Leteah Mitchell has a lot to say about the benefits of education after being named the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the 2016 NSW Training Awards in Sydney.

The hard working student from Taree on the NSW Mid North Coast, just finished her second year of Bachelor of Social Work.

She proved her determination as she first completed a Certificate IV in Community Services at North Coast TAFE in 2015 whilst enrolled in CSU’s social work program at Port Macquarie.

If you’re struggling to juggle uni life, Leteah might just be the inspiration you need. The proud Biripi woman divided her studies between the Port Macquarie Campus and the Taree TAFE campus, all at the same time.

Leteah gained her work ethic and determination through her passion for education and a desire to assist people facing disadvantages.

She’s the first member of her family to attend university, and kept the ball rolling too. Since beginning study, she’s inspired family members to enrol in further education.

We caught up with Leteah to hear what she had to say as well as a little advice for those considering further education.

“Through education you both learn a lot about yourself, you grow and you develop skills that will help you to help other people” Leteah said.

“Attending uni has been one of my biggest goals and feel very privileged and blessed to be able to receive the education I am receiving.”

Leteah was both thrilled and surprised by receiving the award. But it sounds like it was well earnt.

“My advice to other people considering further education is never let anyone limit what you can do because you can do more than you think. You will always be more.”

Full story: CSU News