Aboriginal woman Holly Summers strongly believes that we as human beings belong to the land and it doesn’t belong to us.
This powerful connection to the environment was handed down through her ancestors and is the reason she embarked on an educational journey to become a conservationist.
The 17-year-old high school student is currently studying a Certificate III in Animal Studies (ACM30117), and said her traditional beliefs intertwine with her education.
“Aboriginal people have an amazing connection to the land and I try to embed that traditional connection into everyday life as well as across my studies,” Holly said.
“My ancestors respected and looked after the animals and the environment and I think it’s powerful, and I aspire to continue that.”
Holly credits TAFE Queensland for helping her to get a head start on her career and future studies at university.
“TAFE is an amazing way to gain knowledge and skills that will definitely give me a competitive edge when looking for employment in the industry,” Holly said.
“My favourite part about studying at TAFE is definitely the practical components; it is so beneficial to not only have a comprehensive understanding of the theory, but to also know how to implement that into a real-life work situation.”
“I also love the independence that TAFE gives you to study at your own pace and in your own way, which is completely different to high school.”
"It’s hard work, but there is a lot of support from teachers and the friendships I have made are so valuable."
“One day I also plan to return to TAFE Queensland to study screen and media so I can have the skills to make documentaries of all my amazing conservation adventures.”