Tracey Hough

I am a Gungalidda (Burketown area) woman on my father’s side and Mithaka (Windorah area) on my mother’s side.

I grew up and went to school in Mount Isa. I regarded myself as an average student and never thought I would attend University.Portrait of Tracey Hough

I entered JCU as a mature-age student, studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Anthropology. At first I felt a little lost, but I now take full advantage of the Indigenous Education Research Centre and all the support services they offer.

I visit the Centre often, mainly to have a yarn and to use the computer room, too. I have visited the Academic Advisors and they organised a tutor, which has been a great help with my studies.

I like the friendly, helpful atmosphere of the Centre. They provide good student support services. They also have social gatherings, which are great ways to meet other students and develop strong networks for Uni and beyond.

The Centre is very important to us because they maintain contact with students to ensure we are coping and provide advice about the services they offer, which may assist students throughout their University journey.

Learning has been the highlight of University. I have enjoyed all of my subjects, especially the core Bachelor of Arts subjects, which were fascinating. Also, attending the inaugural Indigenous Academic Awards last year was a bonus. I felt so proud of all the recipients of the awards, as I know how much hard work is required.

I have been fortunate enough to score a job with the University as an Indigenous Student Ambassador. This is great because I like to encourage people to study or just be inquisitive about our world. There is so much to marvel at, knowledge is a powerful tool. I always like to say to people, “Take a chance on yourself, you are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul”.