You have to be fast to catch Joel Wenitong. As a first-year medical student, lecturer, well-known hip hop artist and music producer, Indigenous mentor and father-of-three, he races from one commitment to another.
As a first-year art history student, Dr Kit Messham-Muir would sit at the back of lectures with his Walkman on.
Growing up in Forster, Laurel Williams spent hours roaming the picturesque stretch of coastline between Bennetts Head and Pebbly Beach near the home where she was raised by her grandparents.
Not many students can boast that completing their university degree involved sleeping in traditional Borneo long houses and experiencing customary dance, music, costumes and food.
Carli Westmore was juggling casual jobs ranging from cleaning to childcare when she was accepted into Open Foundation at the University of Newcastle.
Jessica Maiden knows too well the pain of suffering from an ‘invisible’ affliction. Struck with juvenile arthritis at the age of six - but diagnosed 14 years later - the fine art student has dedicated her photographic works to the exploration of the ‘unseen pathologised body’.
When fine art student Peter Tilley was introduced to Crown Princess Mary at the first Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Denmark in June 2009, he was delighted to find that she knew all about his work.
Callan Nickerson was seven years old when he told his mother that he would be Australia’s first Aboriginal prime minister. At 18 years old, the commerce student still holds fast to that dream.
For Sam Croger and his fellow students, this is a time of uncertainty. While he's waiting for, and unsure of his HSC results, Sam is sure of one thing - the University of Newcastle is where he wants to be.
Newcastle may be a relatively small city by global standards, but it
has inspired some big ambitions for uni student Tim Hyde.
Often it’s hard to know whether you’ve chosen the right career path.
But it’s a whole lot easier when you get to test the waters first.
At first glance there appears to be nothing strange or unusual about Elizabeth Wright and Jessica Maiden. But take a closer look and you’ll see there’s something ‘spooky’ going on with these two.
You know, it’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. Take university student Trudy Thompson for example. She is a 19-year-old high jumper with her sights set on the 2012 Olympics.