Well-behaved kids, supportive parents and husband help pupil

WITH three boys under the age of 10 to take care of, stay-at-home mother and part-time University of Southern Queensland student Jasmine Upton has a lot on her plate.

But she has not let it stop her topping the class in her university studies.

Ms Upton and seven other USQ Fraser Coast students received Golden Key International Honour Society memberships last month for doing exceptionally well.

They were among the top 15% of college and university students in all fields of study based solely on their academic achievements.

Ms Upton, who started a Bachelor of Education course early last year, said having supportive parents and husband and well-behaved children helped her achieve excellent marks in her course.

"The subjects are challenging but interesting and it also helps having kids as I can apply my knowledge and experience to the subjects I'm studying," she said.

Citing indigenous studies as her favourite subject, the 28-year-old wants to become a teacher when she graduates - particularly one who works with Torres Strait Islander students.

"I find the culture really interesting. It's a part of my degree that I am drawn to," she said.

The seven other USQ students were Rebecca Dorzbach, Rex Flinn, Michele Ford, David Fulton, Jo-Anne Gilham, Nicole Henke and Meredith Bond.

Jasmine Upton says she could not have excelled without the support of her husband Simon Upton.
Jasmine Upton says she could not have excelled without the support of her husband Simon Upton. Contributed


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