The University of Notre Dame Australia - Study Abroad

The University of Notre Dame Australia is a leading university with campuses in Sydney, Perth and Broome, plus seven clinical schools in New South Wales and Victoria. The university offers an excellent standard of training across a variety of disciplines with a strong focus on professional experience and work-integrated learning.

Sarah Boomer, USA

Master of Counselling - Sarah aspires to help young people grow and change

An international student from the USA, Sarah Boomer elected to study her Master of Counselling degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus due to its Catholic ethos and emphasis on practicum as part of the learning experience. Sarah was first attracted to Notre Dame through taking part in a Study Abroad experience in 2013. "I've grown and matured. Counselling can be a challenging degree and asks difficult questions. From being at Notre Dame, I was able to look into these issues and grow as an adult and as a practitioner," Sarah says. "The highlight was the practicum experience with the skills I acquired I have been able to grow as an adult and as a practitioner. I have since found that I'm more confident in working with young people and more confident in my ability to resolve any challenges that may present. Because of the uniqueness of Notre Dame and how staff care for the individual, it gave me a good model for how to care for the people with whom I work." Having a positive influence on the mental and physical wellbeing of young people, and to help them grow, is the ambition of Sarah in her career as a youth counsellor. "Working with young people is what I love to do the most. There is a lot of pressure on young people today and they don't have the support they really need," Sarah says. (Visit the University of Notre Dame Australia's YouTube channel to hear more about Sarah's story or visit nd.edu.au/study-abroad for more information about the University's Study Abroad program.)

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