As a residential college situated at the University of New England (UNE), St Albert’s College (affectionately known as Albies) has housed over 6000 students in its 48 years of operation.
Situated in the New England, Albies attracts students from across Australia with a high proportion of its residents studying Agricultural related degrees.
Albies provides a supportive environment for its students to grow and achieve to the best of their ability while preparing students for life beyond university through leadership opportunities, networking and life skills.
Two students in the current cohort who have thrived under the Albies advantage are Pete Brooker from Warren, NSW, and Peta Bradley from Armatree, NSW.
In his third and final year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Production and Management, Mr Brooker currently holds the leadership position of senior resident advisor at Albies.
“Being the senior resident advisor has allowed me to manage a team of student representatives to make sure this place feels like a home away from home for all students,” Mr Brooker said.
“Studying at university is very different to school and the support team here makes sure you are organised and ready for whatever uni throws at you.”
Having fully immersed himself in the opportunities that have presented themselves at both Albies and UNE, Mr Brooker’s ‘can do’ attitude has recently seen him compete in the UNE team at the National Merino Challenge in Melbourne.
“Albies has given me the confidence and opportunity to step outside the box to network, speak up and try new things which I could never achieve anywhere else,” Mr Brooker said.
In her fourth year of a Bachelor of Rural Science, Miss Bradley has had many successes during her time at Albies, most recently being named ‘Young Stud Master of the Year’, the first female to receive the honour.
Miss Bradley has embraced the leadership opportunities offered at the college and is currently head student, having held the position of senior academic advisor in 2016.
“The academic and pastoral support at the college is second to none and has allowed a smooth and enjoyable progression through my course,” Miss Bradley said.
Preparing its students for life after university has been a corner stone of the Albies experience.
“The networking opportunities and early career development offered through events such as the annual Albies Careers Night has equipped me with the skills to enter the next stage of my career progression,” Miss Bradley said.
Armed with the knowledge, skills and networking gained through their time at Albies and UNE, Mr brooker and Miss Bradley look to have bright futures as they pursue their interests in the agricultural sector in 2018.
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