|Case Study 1: Josie – care leaver student studying at Federation University Australia|
Josie had gone through most of her adult life wishing that she had an opportunity to study at university, but had always been intimidated by the application process and believed that it would be too much of a financial burden to study. After researching online, Josie found out that her local university offered support to people who had grown up in Out-of-Home Care. She was unsure about how they would be able to help, and thought about calling for months before she actually did.
Josie says that making the first phone call was one of scariest things she had done.
After working out a plan for Josie to pursue her desired career in the area of science, she enrolled in to the FAST (Foundation Access Studies) program, which gave her a refresher on the skills she needed to develop to study at a Bachelor level. After completing one semester of FAST, Josie was admitted into the Bachelor of Science program and is now starting her second year of the course.
Josie says that she finds it helpful just knowing that there is always someone there she can call up when she needs advice, when she’s struggling, or when she has a success she wants to share.