Kyle Ryan from Glenala State High School, Inala was named as Queensland's Highest Achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student in 2016.
I am a proud Bundjalung man and grew up in Inala, Brisbane where I attended Glenala State High School.
During high school I had passion for the physical sciences, namely Physics and I wanted to pursue a career in theoretical quantum physics but that soon changed.
I switched to pursuing a career in Medicine after doing some research immersion programs as a high school student. My school and community, together with the QATSIF Scholarship helped me to guarantee a spot in the Doctor of Medicine for 2020 through provisional entry by allowing me to not succumb to the low-socioeconomic barriers faced by many living in Inala.
Currently, I am studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with a major in Molecular Biology before I head to Medical School.
The major challenge for a career choice such as this is having determination and perseverance and ensuring that I don't give up.
In 10 years’ time, I see myself being a successful surgeon in the area of Cardiothoracic Surgery at a major hospital.
My advice for younger QATSIF students is not to listen to the harsh critic echoing in your ear, but instead listen to your heart, passion and goals, as only they can ever launch you into success.