Class of 66 marks golden anniversary with $20,000 scholarship
Robert Menzies retired after a record 16 years as Prime Minister.
Bob Dylan played the Brisbane Festival Hall on his World Tour.
Decimal currency was introduced, and the average weekly wage was just $57.
The School of Medicine Class of 1966 graduation year was a time of considerable social and political change.
Some $20,000 was raised. The 1966 Golden Reunion Scholarship was presented at the 2017 prize and scholarships evening – to an ‘over the moon’ Michelle Kim.
“I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the donors when I found out I had been selected for the scholarship,” says Michelle.
Michelle became interested in medicine when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 14 years old.
“I had never thought about medicine as a career before then. I had an interest in law, as we had family friends who were lawyers, and I liked the hands-on work that they did. But when Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, I saw first-hand the amazing work health professionals do, and the impact they make. I was so inspired by the medical profession. My mindset shifted to medicine and I changed my school subjects to science. I’ve been focused on pursuing medicine ever since.”
After finishing year 12 in 2012, Michelle was offered a place in UQ’s Provisional Entry to Medicine. But after completing her first degree, she had to make the tough decision to defer her studies. “After completing my Biomedical Science degree, I had to defer my studies for a year and focus on helping my family improve our financial position.”
Michelle plans on saving the scholarship money until phase two of her degree. She is still working casually, but once she enters her clinical years, she plans to devote herself to her clinical rotations.
Michelle hopes to do a rural placement in the future, and ultimately aims to emulate the work of the surgeons who helped her mother. “It was the doctors who helped Mum who inspired me to study medicine, and ultimately my goal is to get into surgery.”
Michelle was humbled by the generosity of the Class of 66 and says she too would like to give back one day. “This scholarship speaks volumes about the kind of support systems we have at UQ. I would like to be able to help other students with a similar scholarship in the future.”