Meet our Port Pirie student ambassador, Sonya Murphy.

Sonya is a second year Bachelor of Social Work student, taking the plunge into study after spending 19 years in the hospitality industry.

“I’d been thinking of doing some sort of short-course study and saw the Uni Hub come across my Facebook page. Initially I put in an inquiry about studying business, but when I came in and saw Kim (Port Pirie coordinator), I found out about Social Work,” she said.

“I really like helping people and I like the idea of being able to help people in the community.

“So, I decided to apply to study Social Work and the process of applying was really quick.”

Sonya explained that studying university had previously never been an option for her, but it had been made possible with the existence of Uni Hub Spencer Gulf.

“The Uni Hub has been really supportive. I’ve received plenty of free advice and support around my study. I’ve really appreciated it,” she said.

She said she decided to apply for Uni Hub’s Student Ambassador Program as she wanted to become more involved in the Uni Hub and “give back” to the organisation that had helped her out so much.

Uni Hub’s Student Ambassador Program is a new initiative that aims to provide current students with a leadership role to develop a congenial and supportive student network within the campus and represent Uni Hub in the community through various events.

Port Pirie campus coordinator Kim Gregory said Sonya was an ideal fit as a student ambassador for Uni Hub Spencer Gulf.

“Sonya is a student who utilises all of the resources at her disposal and is well placed to help other students and represent the Uni Hub from a student’s perspective,” she said.

Sonya’s appointment was recognised at a Port Pirie Regional Council civic reception hosted by Mayor Leon Stephens earlier this month.