As­pir­ing doc­tor on top of world

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

A MA­REEBA teen is on top of the world af­ter be­ing ac­cepted to study medicine at James Cook Univer­sity.

Kate­lyn Dick­in­son earned an OP 1 last year and found out on Wed­nes­day she had been ac­cepted into medicine.

“I have a huge smile on my face,” she said.

“First to get an OP 1 and then this of­fer – it’s very ex­cit­ing.”

A stint of work ex­pe­ri­ence at Ma­reeba Hospi­tal in Year 10 had in­spired Miss Dick­in­son to pur­sue a ca­reer in medicine.

“I re­ally en­joyed that and I went back again last year and en­joyed it again,” she said.

“I like work­ing with peo­ple and sci­ence as well, so this is a way to combine those two parts of my life.”

Miss Dick­in­son looked for­ward to dis­cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas of medicine dur­ing the six-year de­gree.

While she had con­sid­ered pe­di­atrics, Miss Dick­in­son said she would re­main open to spe­cial­is­ing in other ar­eas.

“In medicine, it is al­ways a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with never any end,” she said.

“It is ex­pand­ing and go­ing in so many dif­fer­ent path­ways.

“I have thought about pe­di­atrics a bit be­cause I do a lot of sport with younger chil­dren but I want to keep my eyes open to ev­ery­thing.”

Miss Dick­in­son thanked her school and her fam­ily for sup­port­ing her in her en­deav- ours dur­ing high school.

She said re­ceiv­ing an OP 1 came as a huge re­lief.

“I was ec­static,” Miss Dick­in­son said.

“It was re­ally a great feel­ing that all your hard work has paid off.

“I was hop­ing for an OP 2 and when I got an OP 1 I was blown away.

“Thank you to my teach­ers and fel­low stu­dents who helped me to get here. With­out them it wouldn’t be pos­si­ble. It is im­por­tant to have a sup­port team at school and at home.”

While quite a few of Miss Dick­in­son’s fel­low stu­dents will be mov­ing to Townsville, she said she would still miss her home­town.

“Ev­ery­one knows each other and there is a com­mu­nity feel­ing in town,” she said.

“I’ll miss my friends and teach­ers at school and I’ll miss my fam­ily and come back to Ma­reeba on my hol­i­days.”

In medicine, it is al­ways a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with never any end. Ma­reeba State High School stu­dent and OP 1 re­cip­i­ent Kate­lyn Dick­in­son

Pic­ture: An­drea Falvo

Ma­reeba State High School cap­tain Kate­lyn Dick­in­son has the world at her feet af­ter be­ing ac­cepted to study medicine at James Cook Univer­sity. Miss Dick­in­son re­ceived an OP 1.

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