Brigidine College past pupil, Amanda Rojek, Senior of 2003, is the 2012 Queensland Rhodes Scholar.

Dr Rojek took time to share her ‘story’ with the young women of Brigidine. Post school options can be confusing for any student. But when you have one of the most prestigious scholars in the state as a role model, her advice is worth hearing.

In her own self-deprecating way, Amanda joked that Brigidine College’s teachers kept her on the ‘straight and narrow’ however she only really came to school every day because she loved to play soccer! On a more serious note, she always knew that she wanted to study medicine. Mr White, a former Brigidine teacher and Amanda’s soccer coach recalled that “Amanda was academically talented but more importantly caring and helpful. Whatever she did, she did well.” After graduating Brigidine College, she studied Bachelor of Applied Science (QUT), then Honours (UQ) and is now completing the internship for her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (UQ).

“You choose your future,” Amanda reminded the girls. “It doesn’t matter what OP you get. You are already incredible women who will change the world. Just work hard and follow your passions.”

Amanda has worked in rural Queensland, Rwanda, New Orleans, Haiti and many other challenging environments in the world. “My advice is: love your work and believe in its importance. Take opportunities as they arise.”