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