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Why go to university?


My mum went to Sydney University in the 1950s to study law. There were only three women in her course. My dad went to Sydney University to study Commerce. My eldest daughter went to Sydney University to study Behavioural Health Science. My eldest son (the one with Down syndrome) sometimes went to tutorials at Sydney University with his sister. My youngest son is currently at Sydney University studying Engineering/Commerce. My oldest friend works at Sydney University. And once a year, every year for the past twelve years, I have gone to Sydney University to lecture medical students about intellectual disability and families.

Uni is not the ‘be all and end all’, and there are other pathways in life that can be fulfilling too. I am as proud of the achievements of my children who have been to university, as I am of the one who has not.

This clip was made by students at Sydney University to thank donors who help sponsor students and it says a lot about passion for learning, and passion for life.

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  • Rolla February 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm #1

    I dont know what happened to the rest of the blog but I found it very interesting your association with University. Its a beautiful picture and I believe anyone that has a passion for anything should pursue it. I can’t say that University has every run in my family but a good worth ethic does so believe in what you do and do in what you believe.

  • BOP February 6th, 2012 at 5:36 pm #2

    I don’t want people to think that university is more important than other ways of learning, but it has been really good for me and I did like this clip.

  • Rolla February 7th, 2012 at 5:14 pm #3

    Sorry Anne, I hope you didnt think I took it any other way then I had explained, good for you and university, I know exactly what you were saying I just had to relate to it in a different way

  • BOP February 7th, 2012 at 5:31 pm #4

    I didn’t take it the wrong way at all. I just don’t want people to think I am disrespectful about those who don’t go to uni.

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