Nicola Kane and her mum Helen will both be studying at SCU this year.
Nicola Kane and her mum Helen will both be studying at SCU this year.

Two degrees of separation

Nicola Kane is hoping she can get her P-plates before her first day at uni next month.

Then she and her mum will be able to car pool.

Nicola is starting a Bachelor of Arts degree, while her mum Helen is hoping to finish a Bachelor of Nursing.

“I should be finished in October, if all goes well,” Helen said.

Much of her study will be on the wards this year, so mother and daughter won’t actually be crossing paths too often in the plaza or at the bar.

“I won’t be cramping her style too much,” Helen said.

Helen returned to study at the age of 41, having worked as a receptionist at a medical centre for many years.

“I was looking for a degree where I knew I could definitely get a job – nursing was an obvious area of need.”

Nicola completed her HSC at Kadina High last year and enrolled in a BA because she “didn’t know what else to do”. She thought about going to Brisbane, but was happy to stay here and hopefully she and her mum will spur each other on to get assignments in on time.


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