I was a mature age student who attended La Trobe between 1985 and 1989. I discovered I was pregnant a month after I started University and my son was born between the semesters.
The lecturers and other staff were brilliant when I arrived on campus with a six week old baby, from the Economics professor demanding that “the woman with the baby” be found a chair, to the librarians who were happy to have the car capsule with child behind the counter while I photocopied.
I completed my Bachelor of Economics majoring in Industrial Relations and believe that this was the foundation stone to my career in Industrial/Employee Relations. My daughter attended lectures with me during this time and 13 years later completed her Honours degree in Politics/Economics at La Trobe. She took many of the same subjects, and in some cases had the same lecturers as I had.
I look back on those years with pride and pleasure as I felt encouraged and supported to do my best.