Deakin University Graduation at Lady Bay Resort. PhD graduates L-R: Marine Ecology Agnes Lautenschlager, Marine Ecology Jacquomo Monk, Fisheries Science Daniel Grixti, Marine Ecology Jess Mc Kenzie, Environmental Chemistry Karen Hermon. 120329LP08PICTURE:LEANNE PICKETT Mandi Poustie: support network.
Nanjing Night Net

MOST university students will tell you full-time study is hard enough.

But Mandi Poustie took on the challenge while working, raising three children and driving two hours each day to attend Deakin University classes.

Yesterday the Cooriemungle mother graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Primary), which has already landed her a full-time job.

With support from her family and Deakin lecturers, Ms Poustie has successfully emerged with a job at Timboon P-12 and is encouraging others to follow her example.

“It was a challenge but I had great support,” she said. “I’m passionate and determined so if I want to do something I make sure I can get there.

“I knew it was going to be difficult with all the travel but I wanted to meet and develop a relationship and support network with my lecturers.

“They realised I had three different roles and they were always there for me and checking that I was going all right. My husband Jason backs me 100 per cent with any crazy idea I might have and the kids have been great.

“They came in on the holidays to help me set up and they help out with cooking dinner.”

Ms Poustie, 31, had previously started a forensic psychology course but left to raise her family.

She was inspired to return to study after volunteering at school with her children.

“I enjoyed the atmosphere of the school and helping the children,” she said.

“Teaching at Timboon P-12 now is amazing, challenging and lots of fun.”

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