Amy Wright graduated from Kincumber High School with an impressive ATAR of 93.25. She studied Advanced English, General Maths, Society and Culture, Legal Studies and Business Studies and was always goal orientated, and a hard worker. Despite this, Amy was always unsure about what she wanted to do with her life. For a time, she thought she might become a home science teacher, but she eventually decided to pursue business, believing it would be relevant to many areas of her future. Luckily, Amy loved it, and is now completing her second year in a Bachelor of Business at UTS.
“When you’re in Year 7 you think that your teachers don’t care about you - but that couldn’t be more wrong.”
Amy says, “When I decided what I wanted to study, I had to work very hard to make the course cut-off, as my dreams meant a lot to me. They still do.” Of all her years at Kincumber High School, Amy says that year twelve was the best. Although the deadlines and study were stressful, Amy found that she and her peers began to build better relationships with one another as the celebrated some of life’s milestones. Amy also became closer with her teachers, and says, “When you’re in Year 7 you think that your teachers don’t care about you - but that couldn’t be more wrong.”
Amy is enjoying her degree, and has chosen to specialise in marketing, advertising and human resource management. She says, “I love marketing and advertising because they allow you to be creative. You can develop something that can spark the success and brand awareness of a company, whilst tailoring your message to what the consumer needs and wants.” Amy excels at working closely with people in human resource management, and has recently commenced an internship in the buying department at Showpo - a Sydney based women’s fashion company, which will be incredibly valuable for her future career. Amy has also commenced a casual position working for the UTS Business School as a Promotional Representative, where she interacts with and informs potential new students about what the university has to offer.
With so much on her plate, Amy has struggled to cope with fitting in classes, assignments, part time work, and a social life. To make things easier on herself, Amy has decided to take an extra six months to complete her degree and do less subjects each semester. She says it has been a huge relief, and is allowing her to really enjoy her time at university.
Amy says the differences between high school and university. The thing with being in high school is that you have certain perceptions about what university is like. She says, “So much of what is acceptable in university does not apply to high school. If you want to take a gap year and travel, that’s perfectly okay. If you want to study part time and work more, that’s perfectly okay too. If you start your degree and realise that you don’t like it, it’s okay to change - so many people do it! You just have to make the decision that is right for you.” Amy has found that having a healthy balance of study, work and time for yourself is most important, and says, “As long as you are doing what makes you happy, that’s all that matters.”