Olivia’s Story

AS the end of Year 12 approached Olivia found she’d finished all her course work and was keen to try something new. Craig handed her an Arduino kit and she was hooked. “I’d never been interested in things like that before but I found it cool and wanted to find out more,” she told North Lake News.

“I started simple with Arduino but soon got better. I’m even thinking I might study computer science one day but the main thing is that I’ve developed an interest and having some fun.”

This very late experience is a perfect example of why Olivia feels North Lake has worked for her.

“I’m an independent worker, I understand deadlines but don’t like being constantly reminded and pushed. The environment at North Lake is different. It’s more relaxed. You can work at your own pace and enjoy things.

“North Lake has been really good for me. School should be more like this.”

Olivia didn’t follow an ATAR pathway but hopes to psychology at university in the future if computer science doesn’t take over – she was the winner of a Rotary Club of Booragoon endeavour scholarship in 2016.

According to its website Arduino is “…an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects.”

“North Lake has been really good for me. School should be more like this.”

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