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ASHLEIGH Bridge is the perfect example of a young Indigenous woman who has not let her life challenges define her or her future.
Ashleigh completed her HSC last year and received an ATAR of 81.7%.
Ashleigh Bridge is currently studying law.
Ashleigh Bridge is currently studying law.

The former Caroline Chisholm College student never imagined she would be about to start a Bachelor of Law and Global Studies at the Australian Catholic University at the end of this month.
‘’I thought I would drop out in Year 10 and was looking into a career in make-up,’’ Miss Bridge said.
However, the Penrith 18-year-old started Visual Arts at the Catholic girls school in Glenmore Park and her whole perspective on life changed.
This powerful sculpture was part of Ashleigh
This powerful sculpture was part of Ashleigh's HSC Visual Arts portfolio.

‘“I never really liked school. I felt because I was mixed race I didn’t fit into anything,’’ she said.
“I was very conscious of how different I looked and it affected my confidence.
“I also suffered with severe depression after being a victim of a crime on my way home from school when I was very young.’’
Ashleigh said her defining moment was when she was forced out of her comfort zone and changed schools to Caroline Chisholm College when she was in Year 10. This was the time that she realised: “I am an intelligent person.’’
Being able to choose Visual Arts as an elective helped too.
“Art gave me an outlet to deal with my own political frustrations, and voice on subjects which mean a lot to.’’
She said some of the subjects she has highlighted in her art aren’t necessarily ones which people always like talking about i.e. forced labour, assimilation and the ongoing perception of Indigenous people.
‘’Being an Indigenous person, and an individual with a mental illness has granted me a unique insight, and an ability to empathise with different groups of people and act as a driving force for myself in a push for justice,’’ she said.
‘’I would like to work as a solicitor, do global work for the UN and bring some attention to the plight of Indigenous Australians, plus human trafficking.’’
Ashleigh is not one to wait for things to happen for her.
During her break she got some ‘real life’ work with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register and also volunteered with ANTaR - an independent national network of organisations and individuals working in support of justice, rights and respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
She said she is grateful for the support from her family, school and the Jarara Education Unit in Mt Druitt.
Posted By CEDP at 24/02/2018 8:58:29 PM

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