“If it wasn’t for the TSAC teachers, I feel as though I wouldn’t have gotten through the last couple of years in the ways that I did. My heart was educated, even if my goals and dreams for after school were altered and the direction I was going has shifted completely.”

Mary McFerran was a successful swimmer, competing nationally and internationally and her future was as a professional swimmer. After graduating, Mary successfully completed a Diploma in Nursing in 2018. She secured a job at a private hospital, but within her first year, she herself became very sick. Due to the severity of her illness, she had to give up her dreams of a swimming career and step away from nursing. She was diagnosed with Endometriosis, escalating from Stage 1 to Stage 4 within two years of the initial diagnosis. Mary now works in an accounting firm, where she has embraced the change in career pathway with further study, a Diploma in Business and an Accounting Degree.

Mary exudes incredible hope after all she has been through since graduating from TSAC. She reflects on the positive moral of her own story, which she hopes can inspire others. “Despite what we are thrown at in life, there is still good. If something doesn’t work out the way we planned, it will still work out, just in different ways, sometimes even better! The hard times we are thrown, are for a time, and we have the ability to turn them into something good.”