“The Smith Family understood that wasn’t the end of our journey. University is expensive and coming from a disadvantaged background, I was lacking a professional network, which is important in establishing a career.”
At university, Emma was again matched with a mentor – one from her desired field, who provided career advice and support. Encouraged by his unshakable belief that she could do anything she put her mind to, Emma switched from studying journalism to the pursuit of a law degree. After she graduated in 2013, Emma began her career at Victorian Legal Aid and was recently admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria.
“With The Smith Family’s support I have had some amazing opportunities. During my law degree I interned for Congress in Washington DC. Each day I was there, I was struck by how unimaginable this would have been to my 15-year-old self.
“The effects of The Smith Family extend well beyond my own career. Shortly I will be training to become a mentor to another young law student receiving The Smith Family’s support.”