July 05, 2022
Hard work means new start for Ngarimu scholar
A winner of this year’s Ngārimu VC and 28 Māori Battalion Scholarship says her humble beginnings gave her the tools for success.
Leigh Albert is in her third year a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Otago, after a career change following the death of her partner.
She says medicine was her first choice, but when a teacher told her she would never make the cut she instead joined the army, where she now holds the rank of a platoon sergeant.
She says it’s tough balancing study and raising her three children in a new town, but hard work is something she’s always known.
“My family were very hard working and it’s just something that’s been taught to us from a young age, you know that there will be others around us that aren’t working as hard but you need to work harder to get where you need to go. That teaching has just been instilled with all of us, but also when you join the army they don’t take excuses, they just take your actions and solutions,” Ms Albert says.
Photo courtesy: Peter de Graaf from Northern Advocate.