“I gained confidence through KLD”
What difference did KLD make to your secondary studies?
For me, KLD offered a support network. Whether through VCE Revision Lectures, or simply providing the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who were going through similar experiences, KLD helped me to reach a stage in my studies where I was confident that I was as prepared as I possibly could be for my VCE exams. My goal ATAR, scholarships, and other aspirations seemed so much more attainable, knowing that I had the support of so many people.
How did KLD help you make the transition to university?
I started my first year knowing only a handful of people, and having no idea what to expect at University. Before my first semester, I didn't own a Myki card, could not tell you what “SWOT-VAC” meant, and had no idea what the difference between an espresso and a macchiato was. Despite all this, my experience as KLD alumna made me feel at home at the University of Melbourne. Being part of the KLD Young Scholars meant that a familiar face was never too far away on campus, which made it so much easier to actively immerse myself in University life.
What is the highlight of the KLD Young Scholars Program for you?
In June this year, I am travelling to the London School of Economics and Political Science to study over Melbourne's winter break. Through the Melbourne Global Scholars Award, which I was eligible for through the KLD Young Scholars Program, I have the opportunity to travel overseas, immerse myself in a foreign culture, and attend one of the best educational institutions in the world; while still contributing towards my degree here at Melbourne. The credits I receive from my host institution are transferable to my degree. I am really looking forward to leaving my comfort zone, and discovering what else the world has to offer, with the support of the University of Melbourne.
Thomas Carr College
KLD class of 2012
Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies)