A strong passion for health and helping others inspired Tatura local Jane Raleigh to pursue a career in nursing.
After finishing her high school education at Notre Dame College, Ms Raleigh began studying nutrition in Melbourne, before making the switch to nursing at LaTrobe University in Shepparton.
‘‘I made the change because I wanted more interaction and nursing was more suited to my goals,’’ she said.
Ms Raleigh flourished in Shepparton as a student ambassador for the university.
‘‘As a representative of La Trobe, we would organise meet and greets and different events,’’ she said.
‘‘It was a really good thing to develop my self confidence and leadership skills.’’
Ms Raleigh’s dedication to her degree landed her the prestigious honour of undergraduate valedictorian.
‘‘The speech went really well, I was nervous, but I kept my nerves at bay,’’ she said.
‘‘Because the Shepparton campus is small, we all know each other, so it was like I was chatting to my friends.’’
Ms Raleigh’s parents, sister, partner and grandma joined her on the momentous occasion.
The 25-year-old is in her grad year at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and is looking forward to the future.
‘‘St Vincent’s has been going great and I really enjoy getting more experience in Melbourne,’’ Ms Raleigh said.
‘‘Nursing has given me so many options and will be beneficial in the future.’’
Ms Raleigh hopes to continue her studies with honours research focusing on midwifery or intensive care.