Beginning her university adventure as a Newstep student, Dannielle used the pathway program to prepare for university life and explore what she was really passionate about. This led to her enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Writing and Linguistics.

During her studies, Dannielle embraced as many student life opportunities as she could including, being a University volunteer, studying a summer course in London, working for Student Central and taking on a role as a Research and Admin Assistant in the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s office for the Centre for 21st Century Humanities. But it was the support she received from lecturers and other staff the helped shape her experience in the most positive and impactful way.

“The lecturers and tutors really are there to help you get the best out of the program. Once I completed my Bachelor of Arts, I did an honours year in English after taking a pilot publishing course.

“With the help of my lecturer, David and his publishing company Puncher and Wattmann, I was able to craft my thesis The Art of Editing – Shaping and Refining a Short Story Collection for Publication in Australia, eventually receiving first class honours,” Dannielle added.

From her experience, Dannielle was awarded a coveted internship with local non-fiction and children’s publisher, Exisle Publishing, and kickstarted her career in publishing

“I gained an invaluable insight into the publishing industry, and it’s only been through my degrees and the support of the staff that I was able to begin my career in such a fascinating way,” Dannielle said.

Broadening her horizons, Dannielle is now taking a side-step into the world of politics – receiving an offer for the NSW Government Public Sector Graduate Program, which offers a Diploma in Government and will hopefully lead to full-time work with the NSW Government once she finishes her 18-month rotation.

Find out what you can accomplish with a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Newcastle

Danielle Burke

Dannielle Burke

Beginning her university adventure as a Newstep student, Dannielle used the pathway program to prepare for university life and explore what she was really passionate about. This led to her enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Writing and Linguistics.

The lecturers and tutors really are there to help you get the best out of the program.

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