Second time around success
by Alex Doudy
Winning a state-wide prize for academic success is certainly not what student Andrew Storr would have predicted for himself a few years ago.
The Bachelor of Commerce student, originally dropped out of the degree in 2002 after deciding university life wasn’t for him at the time. But with his priorities focused back on university, earlier this year Andrew won the Economics Society of Australia (SA) Prize for the State’s highest grade in microeconomics.
It was a nice surprise for the now mature-aged student.
“I’d gotten pretty good grades for my assignments throughout the semester and I felt pretty confident about the exam, but I was shocked to learn I was the highest out of the whole State,” Andrew said.
After graduating from St John's College in Whyalla in 2001, Andrew moved to Adelaide to begin his tertiary studies in 2002 but found he wasn’t in the right mindset for university and completed one year before moving back to Whyalla.
“My priorities were just not with study back then, moving up from the country to stay at Aquinas College, the atmosphere was much more social than academic – my grades weren’t great,” he said.
But motivation isn’t a problem anymore for the 26-year-old working towards a career in accounting, who says achieving the accolade inspires him to keep working hard.
“It’s really good motivation for continuing on into the next semester,” Andrew said.
“It’s something you can have in front of you in your study and every time you get a bit lazy or start falling behind you can look at it and think: that’s what I’m capable of.”
Given his wedding was two days after the awards ceremony he first thought he wouldn’t be able to attend, but given the prestige of the award he made it a priority.
“When I thought about it, someone only has to beat you by one mark so I decided it wasn’t an opportunity I wanted to pass up,” he said.
Andrew now has his sights set on joining the finance team at OneSteel in Whyalla and completing his Certified Public Accountant accreditation.
In the meantime, Andrew is kept busy leading peer-assisted tutorial sessions as well as his role as a Student Body Representative with UniLife, and spending time camping with his wife and 11-month-year-old.