In celebration of NAIDOC Week, we caught up with 57 year-old Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour student and father of three, Anthony, to chat about his family history and study journey with Western Sydney University Online.
Can you tell me a bit about your family’s history?
I’m from the Kamilaroi tribe. My mother was born in the country town of Coonabarabran. She was one of 10 children and grew up on the Burra Bee Dee Mission ten miles outside of the town.
What does NAIDOC Week mean to you and your family?
NAIDOC Week for me means a time to reflect on the past and remember how my elders grew up. I think about how my family were not allowed to leave the mission without permission. I am very lucky that my mother moved to Sydney, where I was born, and not subjected to these restrictions.
This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Because of her, we can!’ – Who has been the most influential woman in your life?
The most influential women in my life would have to be both my grandmother, who taught me a lot when I was a little boy, and my mother who worked hard and never asked for any help.
What is your favourite part about studying online?
The best part about studying online is the flexibility of the course. Online study allows me to access my course materials on-the-go and when it’s suitable for my schedule – I love that I don’t have to worry about attending campus lectures!
My top study tip for current students would have to be, check your emails and course materials daily.
What do you want to do when you graduate?
I plan to work in the cyber security industry to help reduce cyber security risks. The industry is under-resourced, and the issue is becoming increasingly more important for all companies and government bodies.
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