Erin leads by example
You'd be forgiven for feeling exhausted after reading through Erin Gregor's CV or scrolling through her diary.
The QUT business and journalism student has fit more into the past four years than many people fit into an entire career ... and she hasn't even finished uni yet!
Erin's devotion to her studies, her university and helping the community have earned her the 2012 QUT Student Leader of the Year award.
Her efforts have also impressed potential employers: She's already accepted a 2013 position as an associate consultant with the Sydney office of global management consulting firm Bain & Company.
Erin's extra-curricular activities - at home and abroad - have included representing QUT in seven international business case competitions, attending seven Model United Nations conferences, serving on the Business School Student Advisory Committee, working as a student ambassador, and helping organise the QUT Ball.
"Travel is a huge part of my life and I've been so lucky to have so many wonderful travel opportunities," she said. "It's hard to pick a highlight but being Chair of the Security Council at the Paris International Model United Nations and winning the USC Marshall International Case Competition in Los Angeles were both once in a lifetime experiences."
Erin's volunteer work has included helping Volunteering Queensland with its social media information during the 2011 Queensland floods and later coordinating 30 QUT international students for volunteering placements.
"I've also had the opportunity to speak to school students about volunteering through the yLead program," she said. "Meeting school student who are passionate about helping others is really inspiring and gives me a lot of faith in the good things people can achieve."
Getting her own priorities in order and balancing her time is something Erin has learnt a lot about in recent years.
"If there is something I'm really passionate about, I will try to find time to fit it in," she said.
"On the other hand, there are only 24 hours in a day and learning when to say no can be just as important.
"The last four years have been a big juggling act but everything I've been involved in has taught me something new and I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had for anything.
"Too many people discount themselves from volunteering or extra-curricular activities or travelling because they think they don't have enough time - but many people look back and realise they had the most spare time while they were at uni.
"You need to find what you're passionate about and get involved and hopefully it will lead to fulfilling experiences, as well as fun times and lifelong friends."
Media contact: Mechelle McMahon, QUT media officer, 07 3138 9449 (Mon-Tues) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Mon-Fri)