Griffith Journalism student Rosie Ball has been awarded the VAL French AM Bursary for a Student of Journalism from the National Council of Women of QLD Inc.
A second-year student, Rosie was recognised for her ambitious career aspirations, involvement in her local community, and commitment to telling a story that creates action.
‘For as long as I could remember I have always wanted to tell the stories of extraordinary people in my community — stories of hardship and success,’ said Rosie.
‘I believe behind every smile there is a story. My mission is to make sure that each person in Australia has an opportunity for their voice to be heard.’
Rosie has quite a story of her own, defying all medical odds to pursue her passion at university.
Suffering debilitating ill-health for most of her teenage years and early 20s, Rosie’s study plans seemed a far-fetched dream.
“I was the girl in the bubble who unable to go outside for many years. I had limited movement, could not communicate, in constant pain, had limited cognitive function, and was reliant on artificial feeding.”
“It has taken a lot of medication, rehabilitation and determination to get me where I am today. This is essentially a second chance at life — I am not going to waste a second of it.”
Not long after commencing her degree, Rosie actively sought out journalism and public relations work experience and continues to add to her impressive resume.
“I am a freelance writer for Griffith University, the Gold Coast Bulletin, Get It! Magazine and Ocean Road Magazine. I also volunteer with Radio Lollipop at Gold Coast University Hospital.”
“I’m passionate about volunteering, as well as having the opportunities to talk to extraordinary people and organisations about their community work and impact.”
Rosie has also undertaken media roles with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Fashion Festival, ENACTUS, Support the Girls Australia, Sweaty Betty Public Relations, and Business Chicks Australia.
The Val French AM Bursary will support Rosie to pursue more unpaid work-experience and afford stationery and technology to aid her studies.
“My advice to students is to ask for opportunities and work experience. They don’t just land in your lap, you have to go out and find them.”