CSU Live Testimonial

Sofoni WestSofoni West
Bachelor of Pharmacy

“Receiving the CSU Pharmacy Foundation Scholarship has given me the commitment to aim high for my goals and to achieve 100 per cent in my studies. Each step I take gets me closer to my dream. To leave your full-time job to study full-time is hard especially when you have been out of school for a long time. The struggles you face living life as a full-time student are not easy. The scholarship will provide the help and support I need to get me through Session 2 and even next year. The thought to not have to worry and stress about having financial hardship brings joy to my heart. I am forever thankful.

“I am a proud, young Aboriginal woman who grew up on a small reserve called Nanima outside of Wellington. When I completed Year 12 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was heading down the path of studying beauty but instead I walked into my local pharmacy and asked for a job. Thankfully, I was employed the following week - that’s when doors started to open for me. Mr Rodger Keirle from Keirle’s Pharmacy believed in me and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

“I have worked in pharmacy going on 10 years. I started out as a front of shop pharmacy assistant and realised that I liked helping people. Gradually climbing the ladder, I completed Certificate 1, 2 and 3 in Pharmacy and became a dispensary technician for a further eight years. To continue in the pharmacy field, I decided to go all the way and commit myself to full-time study so I can become the best pharmacist I can be. 

“I see myself as a future role model and an inspiration to the Aboriginal community. If I can do it so can you. You can do anything when you put your mind to it. My dream goal is to graduate from CSU and continue my work as a pharmacist in the rural and remote areas.”