Opportunity of a lifetime

Georgia Leak revels in university life as a Tuckwell Scholar.

Growing up with both of my parents being primary school teachers, it’s not surprising my lifelong love affair with literature started at a very young age.

In fact, the first memory I can vividly recall is sitting in the book section of Kmart in Gladstone, flipping through the pages of an illustrated Peter Pan – like I did every week – before the long drive back to our tiny home town, Mt Larcom.

I would have only been about four years old at the time so I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to read most of the words on the pages but there was something about simply opening that book that transported me from our small country town to a land where anything was possible.

I’ve done a lot of growing up but, believe it or not, to this day out of the many books I’ve read in my 19 years, J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan remains my favourite.

As corny as it may sound, for me, moving to Canberra and studying a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in English and History at ANU as a Tuckwell Scholar has been akin to flying to Neverland – the land where anything is possible.
Studying in the heart of the nation at the best university in the country is not only the opportunity of a lifetime, but also something that would not be a reality for myself or many of my peers if not for the generosity of Graham and Louise Tuckwell.