That little voice in the back of your head saying, ‘Am I really doing what I want to do?’ or ‘I think I want to change careers but the thought of studying is really daunting’ may sound all too familiar, but you aren’t alone. Melanie Meaglia was one of those people, and she decided to take action. She took the plunge and has never looked back.
Melanie’s passion for natural ecosystems and drive to educate others about the importance of the environment have spurred her to overcome her fears of going back to study. The 31-year-old hadn’t studied for more than eight years and had been working casual, part-time jobs with no significant direction. It was time to engage her love of urban design and learn more about how our natural environment can be a part of the urban landscape, rather than completely separate from it.
“I genuinely care about the environment I live in. Essentially, it gives me everything I need: air, water, food, shelter, enjoyment and happiness. I really want to continue to give back to the environment in a more profound way and I feel that this degree will help me achieve my goals,” says Melanie.
The Bachelor of Environmental Practice student is in her first year of part-time study. Transitioning into study has been a massive achievement, one that she is proud of.
“I have had Type 1 diabetes for 25 years. At times, it has been a struggle and thrown me completely off track,” says Melanie. “Being able to prove to myself that I can manage my diabetes, study and look after my two step-children has really helped boost my confidence.”
For Melanie, starting study was quite intimidating and she wasn’t sure if she could cope with the change.
“I personally found it very daunting and scary as it was a completely new environment. I wanted to find my classrooms before I started so I wouldn’t be freaking out when I couldn’t find where I was supposed to be.”
She coped by familiarising herself with the campus, finding the classrooms prior to the semester starting and knowing where to park. These tiny details have been key to her settling into university life.