Aspiring doctor on top of world
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
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.