Zoe Berry was College Vice Captain at Mill Park Secondary College in 2012. She is now studying Nursing and Midwifery at Latrobe University. Read her story here:
Name: Zoe Berry
Years at MPSC : 2010-2012
Current course: Double Degree – Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery
What does your course involve?
My course currently involves attending placement from Monday to Wednesday, where I work just like I would as if I were a qualified nurse. Therefore I do shift work and look after many patients, dealing with wounds, medications, cardiovascular health problems, mental health problems, respiratory problems and much more. On Thursday and Friday I attend Uni from 8-4 with one break. This is when we have tutorials and clinical labs where we practice our nursing skills on plastic patients. I attend Midwifery tutorials on the Fridays also and start placement for normal labour and birth where I will assist in the delivery of babies in May.
What does a typical day look like?
A typical day from Monday to Wednesday is placement, where it is either morning shift 7am-3pm or afternoon shift 2pm-10pm. When I am not at placement I am watching online lectures for my four subjects that can range from 1-4 hours for each subject. I then attend full days of Uni on Thursday and Friday.
What subjects did you have to study at school to get into your course?
There were no pre-requisites for my course however Maths and Biology would be handy to do for this course.
How did Mill Park Secondary College help you get there?
MPSC helped me apply for the different universities and their courses that offered Nursing and Midwifery. They also helped identify pathways if I did not to get the score I needed.
Most distinct memory of MPSC?
Outdoor Education camps and Year 12 celebrations.
What was the best thing about MPSC?
The opportunities they gave students to either further their leadership, education or sporting abilities.
What tips do you have for students looking to excel at school?
To study hard and choose the methods that suit you best with study. Don’t listen to what your friends do, take that as an option and work around it to choose what is best for you. Set out a timetable and organise yourself for when you are going to complete what and when you are going to give yourself a break. YOU NEED A BREAK! Don’t be studying 24/7!
My course is much more full-on than Year 12, and I never thought I would say that, so the more organised you are the better. There are not many subjects in year 12 that are similar to the ones I do now, so it’s more important to get study habits and organisation under control when you can, e.g. now!