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Matthew

Student at Western Sydney University 

Matthew 

Over the past few years I've lost friends and family to cancer. I want to do something about it by working in cancer research or oncology.

When I was growing up in Warren I got offered a scholarship through the Evonne Goolagong Tennis for School program. I moved to Melbourne on my own, and that's when everything opened up for me. Eventually doing 25 hours training a week as well as school became overwhelming. I lost my passion for tennis, finished school and moved in with my nan in Campbelltown.

I did a TAFE course and worked as a personal trainer. That's when my cousin started pushing me to go to uni. She's got a Masters degree and runs her own business. It took her a whole year to convince me because I didn't have the money and thought I wouldn't have a life. Then we went into Badanami, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unit at Western Sydney University, and chatted about options – it went from there.

Ever since, I've been doing my own thing and trying to do my best.

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