Olivia Taifalos

29 July 2020

don’t be scared about putting yourself out there

Meet Olivia. Whether it’s footy or debating, extra-curricular activities are a key part of school life in Australia. For Olivia Taifalos they were part of becoming the type of person she wanted be. Music, sports and surf rescue empowered her to do just that and Tuckwell provided the opportunity to take the hard work and build on it. 

“I looked at the Tuckwell attributes and I thought I’ve spent a lot of time through school trying to achieve these things, trying to make sure I am a well-rounded person who is balanced, and has strong values and I thought why not give it a shot.” 

For many Tuckwell applicant's a little imposter syndrome can creep in during the application process. It’s easy to feel the weight of other applicants on your shoulder. But so much is gained from meeting and connecting with other applicants.

“When I came to Interview weekend I thought oh my gosh all these people have done such incredible things and coming from a place like Cairns where it is a little bit small it was quite strange to see so many people like that and I thought there is no way I am going to get it.  

There is more to a Tuckwell scholar than academic ability or extra-curricular participation. The questions you’ll be asked at interview weekend are designed to discover the real you and test the innate qualities you hold and identifying your potential. 

“If I was a 17-year-old, I would say absolutely go for it and don’t be scared about putting yourself out there.” 

The Tuckwell Scholarship Program is the most transformational undergraduate scholarship program in Australia. Could you be the next Tuckwell? Find out.   

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