After growing up on a farm, Emma decided to make the bold move to the city so she could chase her dreams. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) at the University of Newcastle.

“I am from Mudgee, so after growing up in the country, it was daunting to think of moving to a city where I knew absolutely no one,” Emma said.

However, Newcastle and its laid-back lifestyle gave her a pleasant surprise.

“What I like about Newcastle is even though it is the second biggest city in NSW it doesn’t feel like it and it is a very inviting and welcoming place to live.”

This led the way for Emma to be even more engaged in her studies and explore what the degree program meant to her.

“The first time we got to go into the labs and take our very first X-ray was the first time I had ever used or seen an X-ray machine. It was very exciting and definitely cemented in my head that this is what I wanted to do as a career.”

She also had opportunities to complete practical placements in familiar territory around her hometown and gained valuable experience at hospitals in Orange, Mudgee and Bathurst.

“These placements are essential for gaining real world experiences and putting all the theory we learn on campus into practice. The placements are also invaluable as they have taught me so much that I would never have been able to learn through lectures or tutorials.”

Emma’s efforts and engagement in her studies haven’t gone unnoticed.

“I am also very proud of myself for being placed on the Faculty of Health and Medicine Commendation List (2020) and being a part of the Scholars Program for high-achieving undergraduate students.”

Her experience at the University of Newcastle has allowed her to establish great career aspirations.

“I cannot wait to get out into the workforce and start practicing as a radiographer, I would love to work rurally when I graduate as that is where I grew up.”

The rural hospitals will gain a great asset based on Emma’s experience. But for Emma, it’s not just about the skills she has gained while studying at the University of Newcastle.

"Of course, the friends I have made within the degree and at the Uni will be lifelong connections that I am so grateful for.”

Study a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) at the University of Newcastle

Emma McCarthy-North

Student Emma McCarthy-North

After growing up on a farm, Emma decided to make the bold move to the city so she could chase her dreams. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) at the University of Newcastle.

I am from Mudgee, so after growing up in the country, it was daunting to think of moving to a city where I knew absolutely no one.

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