29 September 2015
Ms Nikita Bell has been awarded the $10,000 Menzies Centenary Prize for 2015 as recognition for her academic achievement and contribution to Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.
Nikita, originally from Horsham, is studying Nursing at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus. While the transition to university was initially challenging, things are starting to get easier.
Nikita is particularly enjoying the hands-on aspect of her degree and the opportunities for work placements while she’s studying.
“Being able to scrub in and see surgery is probably one of my favourite things. I am particularly interested in getting to know more about trauma nursing because it’s more intense and fast-paced.”
The next big thing on her list is a two-week study trip to Bhutan at the end of 2016. While there she and her peers will work with local nurses and get a picture of nursing in an international context.
“We had a few options of where we could go, but I picked Bhutan because I thought it was one of the more remote places off the beaten track. I figured I probably wouldn’t have a chance to go there otherwise and it could be a great experience”.
When Nikita completes her degree at the end of 2017, she aims to work as a nurse in rural Australia.
The Menzies Centenary Prize, jointly funded by the Menzies Foundation and the Menzies Memorial Scholars Association, has been awarded since 1994 to mark the centenary of Sir Robert Menzies’ birth in Jeparit. The Prize recognises academic achievement, personal qualities and contribution to the life of the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College over at least two years.