Bachelor of Midwifery
Michaela Humphries wanted to study for a long time. Watching her son make plans for the future she realised that she could too and made the decision to enrol in the Bachelor of Midwifery as an adult student. From there, she entered into one of the most challenging and satisfying periods of her life to date.
You have to be brave to do it, says Michaela. “It is the most rewarding, challenging, amazing career you can have. It takes hard work academically, emotionally and physically. [The programme] is exceptional in preparing us for our futures, if you commit to be a part of it from start to finish. You have to engage and believe in the process.”
2016 held its own challenges for Michaela, after she was advised to stop studying as she was no longer entitled to Study Link benefits. Instead, committed to the degree, she chose to increase her hours of paid work while juggling study and a family. “This degree has not come easy and without the support of tutors, friends and the occasional stranger. [Maintaining] a paid job throughout the degree and having to work this year has taken its toll, but I can proudly say it’s all been worth it.”
Michaela was also the recipient of the award for ‘Student who Contributed Most in 2015’ because of her hard work, dedication and the support she offers to her peers.
“The midwifery programme was full of highs and lows. It was the most challenging and satisfying thing I have ever been involved with. I have cried and laughed in equal measures.”