Student spotlight: Meet Beau Harris

My name is Beau Harris and I am a proud member of the Biripi nation located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales along the beautiful Manning River. I relocated to Melbourne in 2017 when I began studying physiotherapy. I am currently in my final year, which consists largely of placement.

It has been a  privilege to be a part of the Indigenous community at Monash, now known as the William Cooper Institute, for the past four years. The facilities and services provided at the Institute have allowed me to thrive and succeed in a degree that I am extremely passionate about. The tutoring services available have helped me and I would highly recommend for all students to take part in this. To learn alongside peers and have access to experienced tutors and lecturers for your specific discipline provides an opportunity to enhance your learning and in return achieve exceptional results.

Along with the academic support, the ability to meet like minded Indigenous students and staff is one of the most enriching experiences that is provided. Moving interstate to study at Monash was daunting, but through the initiatives and events provided by the William Cooper Institute, I was introduced to fellow Aboriginal students in my cohort and in similar fields, which has had a significant impact on my journey. This has allowed me to achieve many things I did not think were possible, including attaining the William Cooper Scholarship.

The William Cooper Indigenous Scholarships support high-achieving Indigenous Australian students with leadership potential to engage with their community and support other Indigenous students to access higher education.

This scholarship is generously funded by Gandel Philanthropy. The Gandel family have a close connection with Monash University – three generations have studied here.

To have continual support throughout the final year of my degree has allowed me to focus purely on my studies and attend placement to achieve the best mark possible. Along with this, I've been able to mentor and give back to the community which has given me so much. This is something that I take great pride in and I look forward to continuing well beyond my time at Monash.

I encourage everyone to make the most of the William Cooper Institute and be a part of this wonderful and growing community. I look forward to seeing you all on campus when we return to have a yarn and tell a story or two.

Stay Safe and Stay Deadly,

Beau Harris