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Tori

Student at Western Sydney University

Tori

My family and school turned me away from uni. I figured I had to find a job. I did think about uni, but I didn't believe in myself. My friends weren't doing it so I didn't. I had no idea what to do so I worked full- time at KFC. My sister was manager. She was going great. Everyone was happy for her so I followed her.

I had an Aboriginal mentor, Belinda, who told me about the benefits of uni. So I did work experience with a physio at Penrith Panthers and it was great. I've always wanted to be a physiotherapist. Eventually I want to own my own business – an Aboriginal business just like the Aboriginal Medical Service, but for physio.

Mum's really happy that I'm at uni. Dad was hesitant. He thought I wasn't ready. I had to explain to him what I would achieve in the long term. He's coming around now I'm going my own way.

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