University of Wollongong graduation

Two sets of sisters shared the joy of graduating from the University of Wollongong yesterday.

Big sister Jaimey Facchin followed her little sister Sam into university after initially swearing never to darken the doors of a tertiary institution.

“I hated school,” the honours sociology graduate said yesterday.

“I never thought I would go to uni.

“Six years later, I decided to give it a go and now I am addicted.”

The Moruya Heads 27-year-old has juggled fulltime work at Mission Australia with fulltime study and hopes to become a tutor and lecturer.

“I hope I never have to leave,” she said.

It was a different road for Sam, 25, who studied primary education straight from school.

The Tuross Head casual teacher and hospitality worker traveled overseas after uni.

It was Jaimey who talked her into returning this year for a post-graduate course in teaching English as a second language.

 “This degree will help me travel and teach English,” she said.

“I love learning and that is why I am a teacher.

“I like to instill that in others.”

Longbeach’s Kat Culic, 20, said big sister Rosie, 29, was her inspiration to undertake a bachelor of arts.

Both loved the indigenous studies component and said the course was “an eye opener”.

Rosie now has a graduate diploma in education said there was not enough indigenous content in schools.

“I love teaching and have loved every prac (practical experience lesson) I have been on,” she said.

Kat also loved the indigenous content.

“In high school I loved English but now I am interested in cultural history,” she said.

“That has been eye opening for me.”

She will return next year to study honours and then decide where that will take her.

“It will be a decisive year for me,” she said.

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