Student Achiever - Joanna Hanley
Posted on June 06, 2019
At Open Access College, we acknowledge and celebrate the dedication of our students. Each year we feature the stories of some of our high-achieving students, who come from a variety of circumstances. Here is Joanna's story...
My name is Joanna
I live at home in the Adelaide Hills, located about 2 minutes away from the beautiful Belair National Park. I live with my parents, older brother, younger brother and younger sister. I was home-schooled right from day one, alongside my siblings and couldn’t dream of it being any other way! I love to spend my free time doing activities such as baking, reading and hanging out with friends – however, I also love to try new and exciting things whenever I get the opportunity!
My experience at OAC
I began my studies with OAC as a keen year 8 student, studying music and French. These two subjects continued through to year 10 when I commenced full time study in 2016. In what seemed like no time at all, I graduated from OAC in 2018 with my SACE and an ATAR under my belt! Personally, I believe that the flexibility OAC offers, along with the ever-present and wonderful support I received from my teachers, is what helped me to achieve my goals. I feel that Open Access College allows individuals anywhere, to learn and grow in an environment that is encouraging and supportive, and free from the peer-pressure and expectations that society often lays upon us.
At the commencement of 2019, I was accepted into the University of South Australia to study a Bachelor of Midwifery. I feel that as I head out into the university world, I not only have the academic skills I require, but because of the way both home-schooling and OAC works, I am already somewhat equipped in knowing the importance (and hard work) involved in self-driven and motivated study.
I am so thankful for the encouragement and support of the teachers at Open Access College and overall, the opportunities that OAC has given me!
Read other stories here: Student Achievers of 2018