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RL Rundown - Muriel

A determined Territorian, Muriel has volunteered in South Africa, is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical) and is a Resident Leader – all this achieved by just twenty years of age.

Born and raised in Katherine, she was always adamant about furthering her education and career. Muriel’s move to Darwin enabled her to enjoy the comforts of being close to family in a familiar space, as well as living independently in a multicultural student community at IHD.

“University for me was never really an option of sorts, but rather the next step after high school,” Muriel said. “I’ve always liked science and thought to begin my tertiary study with something that intrigued me, and that kept a wide range of options available, that’s why the range of opportunities of the BSCI stood out to me.”

“My goal was to find my footing in the academic sector and see what kind of career I feel I could pursue, and later do just that.”

Although Muriel craved independence, the then 18-year-old found self-discipline was a factor that needed to be ironed out.

“Living away from home can be hard when you get comfortable in your ways and have to change these kinds of things to suit your new life,” she said. “Something as simple as being able to go shopping independently for GOOD food can be difficult when you aren’t used to doing this, or even just being completely accountable for yourself.”

As a member of IHD’s Social Club, she’s often seen at various events on and off-campus, even as pending deadlines approach. Muriel’s highlight of the last 2.5 years at IHD has no doubt been the people she’s met and the friendships she’s built.

“I like to attend the different events around here (IHD) or those put on around Darwin, this is great for socialising and trying new things,” Muriel said. “Studying for me can be difficult when socialising is just so much easier and rewarding.”

Striking that balance and sticking to her plan, Muriel’s ready to take on all the opportunities post-graduation holds.

“There is still so much out there that I have to experience,” she said. “I cannot wait to go and visit my family again, but also, I am dying to begin my trek across continents to find old friends and make some new memories. In Europe especially!”

But for now, as Muriel focuses on her final two semesters, she offers a key piece of advice to IHD newcomers;

“The Territory is such an amazing place, and I know it gets criticised a lot, but honestly if you just give it a chance and make an effort to make something out of it, you will come to appreciate just how lucky we all are.”

What’s at the top of your bucket list & why?

Currently, it’s taking the time to travel. I cannot wait to go and visit my family again, but also, I am dying to begin my trek across continents to find old friends and make some new memories. (Europe especially!!)