While others her age are yet to finish year 10, one student in Western Australia has enrolled to begin studying at university.
At the age of 15, Bukayo Taiwo has become the youngest ever student to enrol at Curtin University’s West Australian School of Mines (WASM).
Originally from Nigeria, Taiwo enrolled at Murdoch college and graduated at 15, paving the way for her to enrol to study for a Bachelor of Engineering/Commerce at WASM.
She says she is excited to begin studying for her long-term goal of working as an engineer in the mining industry.
“I have always really liked science and performed well in social sciences and English.
“My favourite subjects in year 12 were chemistry, economics and English,” Taiwo said.
“I thought that studying engineering would lead to an interesting career.
“My choice to study commerce as well is because as I really liked business management and economics in years 11 and 12.
“The combination of these degrees seems logical to me. I believe going into the workforce with both degrees will give me an advantage and help give me the opportunity for promotion later on in my career.”
Taiwo explained her choice to study at WASM was based on its credentials as an iconic and reputable school for mining education.
“WASM has been around for more than 100 years.
“It is also accredited and recognised by all the important institutions and governing bodies.
“It’s a great place to study,” she said.
While most other student are still sitting in more regimented classrooms in high schools across the state, Taiwo said she enjoys the independence and self-reliance of university life.
“It’s really interesting because the responsibility to learn is placed on the student and I like that.
“There are good lecturers and engaging classes.
“I believe it’s a good experience, plus I’ve made new friends and I like the course so far.”
Director of WASM, Professor Steve Hall, commended Taiwo’s enrolment and her commitment to a career in the global mining industry.
“With this sort of dedication, focus and energy, Bukayo has all the characteristics that our booming resources industry is calling out for,” Hall said.
WASM has a campus at Bentley in Perth and also Kalgoorlie in regional WA.
WASM offers degrees in Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy, Applied Geology, Spatial Sciences and Exploration Geophysics and is a major part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University.
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