Turia Pitt inspiring future uni students

USQ Springfield Open Day guest speaker Turia Pitt with her partner Michael Hoskin.
USQ Springfield Open Day guest speaker Turia Pitt with her partner Michael Hoskin.

ONE person who is living proof, that with the right mindset you can achieve anything, is Turia Pitt.

The inspirational burns survivor was the guest speaker at the USQ Open Day at Springfield yesterday where she encouraged people to unleash their fearless spirit.

An ex-model, fitness junkie and successful mining engineer, Turia recounted her journey from not being able to walk after suffering burns to 65 per cent of her body in a bushfire in 2011, to completing her first Ironman World Championship Triathlon earlier this year.

The expectant mother told Open Day attendees not to expect success to happen overnight, but with self-belief and perseverance you can accomplish your goals.

"Success in life is all about how we respond to our challenges - do we shy away from stuff that terrifies us or do we take that one step closer? Do we curl up or do we step up?" she said.

"We are all capable of achieving anything if we are brave enough to take that first step.

"Whatever you are trying to achieve in your life, challenge yourself, make a commitment to yourself and see what you are made of because if you get your mindset right, you will be unstoppable."


Other features of Open Day included information sessions on scholarships, support services and online study demonstrations, campus tours and 'Future Talks' which explored different career paths.

Open Day attendee Steph Warnock was keen to learn more about the different study options and pathways at USQ and said she wanted to head to university to study either Education or Psychology.

"I have wanted to do a university degree for some time now, but I wasn't sure if it was the right time for me as it's been more than 10 years since I finished high school," Miss Warnock said.

"The great thing about Open Day is I was able to find out what all my options are and get a better idea of whether I would be able to have a good work-life-study balance if I started going to uni."

The event provided a wide range of information sessions and activities on university life, support services, and the many areas of study available to them.

Paralympian Kurt Fearnley will be the guest speaker at USQ Ipswich Open Day, held in partnership with the All Things Healthy Expo on September 2.

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