WITH her children grown up and less dependent on their mother, Lyndu Jennings decided to do something for herself.
Yesterday she graduated from Deakin University’s Warrnambool Campus with a bachelor of nursing.
The decision to follow her dreams has been a resounding success for the 44-year-old, who has worked in administration for the past 20 years.
“I realised I didn’t want to do that for another 20 years,” Mrs Jennings said.
“I enjoy looking after people and am a nurturing type of person, and with my children getting older and less reliant on me I thought it was time to try nursing.”
Her enrolment at Deakin further strengthened a family link to the university — with three generations either studying or working on the campus.
Ms Jennings’ daughter Sarah Pimblett is studying her second year of an associate degree in arts, business and sciences and her mother Carole Howlett, 68, is a University of Third Age honorary student at Deakin.
Her sister Tracy Jennings has been a learning resources design officer in the Deakin Learning Futures division at Warrnambool. And in another family link, Ms Jennings’ father, author Paul Jennings, was a lecturer at the former Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education in the 1980s.
Ms Jennings has been quick to turn her degree into employment and is working at Portland District Health as a general ward nurse.
“I’m loving it. Working had really reinforced that I made the right decision. I haven’t looked back.”