Mt Maria College, Petrie past student Kaelyn Storey will travel to China after being awarded a $3,000 Study Tour Grant.
The grant program is a competitive process with only twenty applicants awarded places.
The Principal of Mt Maria College, Petrie, Michael Connolly expressed delight when he heard the news.
“We are so proud of Kaelyn achieving this study tour grant, she is an inspiration for all our students,” Principal Michael Connolly said.
Currently studying a Diploma of Nursing full time at QUT Caboolture campus, Kaelyn is also working as an Assistant Nurse at a local aged care facility.
The study tour will take Kaelyn to Beijing and Jiamusi, where she will experience Chinese culture, traditional food, arts, visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and a variety of palaces and temples.
In preparation, Kaelyn will undertake basic language classes two hours a week in the month leading up to the trip.
“We will participate in lectures over three days on topics such as Chinese traditional medicine (acupuncture, manipulation and food therapy) and will also visit a traditional Chinese Medicine hospital in Jiamsui,” Kaeyln said.
Graduating from Mt Maria College Petrie in 2016, Kaelyn had a clear route to her tertiary study pathway, a Diploma of Nursing. She was able to gain early entry to the course through successfully completing a Certificate III in Aged Care while still at school.
Mr Connolly said there are multiple pathways available to tertiary study these days and encouraged students to explore the options available to them.
“Kaelyn is another great example of a successful graduate of Mt Maria College, Petrie,” Mr Connolly said.
“Kaelyn took advantage of one of the many alternative study pathways at the college which led her to tertiary study in her chosen field of nursing.”