Rocky school dux's dream to become a rural doctor
AN OVERSEAS trip where Abbey Godwin-Smith says her eyes were opened to Third World health care has helped shape the bright teenager's career choice.
Abbey, who was this year's dux at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, is nervously awaiting her OP results.
She wants to one day work in regional and rural health care.
Abbey, 17, said she had her boarding family to thank for her studying success at school.
"We had designated study times, so I had about two hours each day to sit in my room and put pen to paper," Abbey said.
"I have a really good group of friends and we helped each other study, we're like one big family and they are all ultimately your sisters; you fight with them, borrow their clothes and cry on their shoulders."
Abbey said although receiving dux was a wonderful way to finish her time at Rockhampton Girls Grammar it wasn't her "dream".
"My ultimate goal was to get the best OP I could and I find that working towards my goals was more important than getting my name on a trophy," she said.
"Don't get me wrong though, it was an awesome way to end my last night at Rockhampton Girls Grammar."
The school captain said she had already been offered a spot in biomedical science at Bond University along with a scholarship but was still considering where she wanted to study.
"I have been offered a spot at Bond but I have an interview at James Cook University in Townsville tomorrow (Wednesday) for medicine and I really think JCU is the place for me," she said.
"My neighbour here at Rolleston has his interview straight after mine so we're taking his plane and flying up for the interviews."
Abbey said once she finished her degree she would love to practice medicine, either in rural areas or overseas.
"When I was growing up, the closest doctor was 45 minutes away and the major hospital was over an hour away," she said.
"My hometown now has a medical centre and I've seen the difference it has made. I want to give back because I know what it's like to be in that position.
"After seeing Third World countries on my overseas trip it has really opened my eyes to the need for doctors in those areas and here in Australia we have our own Third World communities too.
"I want to help out those communities.
"Hopefully I'll be the first doctor in the family."