Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

My name is Shekayla Major. I am 18 and currently doing my last year in Seymour College located in Adelaide. I came to Seymour in 2015, term 4, year 8 as a 14-year-old teenager who had no idea what my future here would hold. I have stayed ever since. Like many others I was born in Alice Springs but raised in Papunya. Being a boarder comes with many difficulties, and for most people homesickness is the hardest to overcome. In order to settle in and not be homesick I joined a few school sports and went out of the boarding house as often as I could. Now I often feel homesick for Seymour and that is mostly because of how it impacted my life. I like living in both cultures, I want to balance that. It can be hard living with 100 other students, especially when it’s an all-girls school. Every student is different and of course everyone deals with homesickness in their own way. I for one decided to only call my family once or twice a week as calling them every day would only make me sad and leave me crying. It’s not easy and I understood that, but I decided to stay and hoped to overcome the temptation of going back home. What I really like about boarding school is the fact that you get to live with students from different cultures and that enables you to understand and of different lifestyles and choices that one makes. We have many girls from Asian countries and states all over Australia, each and everyone one of those girls’ lives are unique and different. You truly get to experience something the society doesn’t often give us. One thing I really love about school is that the people that surround you really care about every step you take; they will want you to succeed in everything you do. Make the most of it you won’t get as much support outside of school. My main goal I want to achieve is to get my year 12 certificate and go on to pursue my dream of becoming a Police Officer and working with my people. I also want to be a role model to the younger generation, not only to my people but many other Aboriginal students around the Northern Territory. I want to inspire people and let them know that school is the only key to success and it truly opens your eyes to view things outside of your culture and be considerate of other cultures and religions. Your future is what you make it, and importantly what you do to get there. https://www.seymour.sa.edu.au