Queen leads by ex­am­ple

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

GET­TING a law de­gree is tough.

Study­ing for a busi­ness de­gree, with a ma­jor in ac­count­ing, is tough too.

Do­ing both at the same time? It’s not im­pos­si­ble, as Monto’s Bri­anna Hockey proved when she grad­u­ated from the Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy with both de­grees tucked neatly un­der her arm.

“Tak­ing plenty of trips home on the week­end is what got me through,” 24-year-old Bri­anna said.

Her path to aca­demic suc­cess kicked off dur­ing her days at Monto State School, where she was school cap­tain in her fi­nal year.

“It’s great when you are grow­ing up to not only know ev­ery­one in your own school, but to also know peo­ple from schools all over the area,” she said.

Back in those days, Bri­anna said she dreamed of be­ing a hair­dresser.

“I’m not sure what changed my mind,” she said.

“I wanted to go to uni and I was fill­ing out ap­pli­ca­tions and couldn’t de­cide what to do, so I just chose to do the two de­grees.”

But be­fore head­ing off to the big smoke of Bris­bane, Bri­anna made the brave leap to live in Lon­don.

There, she worked as as­sis­tant board­ing mis­tress in a school, and said the ex­pe­ri­ence broad­ened her mind, and her hori­zons.

But af­ter an­other five and a half years study­ing, Bri­anna wanted to take a step back to her coun­try roots and got the per­fect op­por­tu­nity only three days be­fore grad­u­a­tion.

“I got a job at a le­gal firm in Bund­aberg. It was such a re­lief. It was re­ally stress­ful go­ing in to grad­u­a­tion with­out a job,” she said.

Bri­anna also holds the ti­tle of reign­ing Dairy Fes­ti­val Queen and will be back in town to lend ad­vice to this year’s en­trants to­day.

They couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter role model.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OUT­STAND­ING: Bri­anna Hockey grad­u­ates with dual de­grees in law and busi­ness, with a ma­jor in ac­count­ing.

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