KAMILA Savage is more than 15,000 kilometres from Poland, and now Warrnambool is her home.
She was awarded the best student in property law prize as part of the Deakin Law School Academic Excellence Awards 2016 and was presented with the award at a ceremony in Melbourne last week.
Mrs Savage qualified as a lawyer in Poland and also completed a post-graduate degree in Germany.
“As my kids are getting a bit older I decided I wanted to go back to my profession,” she said.
Mrs Savage does not need to complete the whole law degree, just some units to bring her up to date.
She has three units to complete before she will be submitted to the legal profession.
Once she is re-qualified, she would like to work in Warrnambool.
“Ideally I would love to,” she said. “I’m from here and one of my children is already at school and another will be soon. It will be more handy for me to stay here.”
Mrs Savage lived and worked in Poland before moving to London, where she met her husband, Glen, originally from Cobden.
They have two children, Nico, 4, and Roy, 6, who are bilingual.
“I stayed there (London) for six years and that’s where I met my husband,” she said.
She is studying off-campus, but spends time at the Warrnambool campus.
“Even though I am a cloud student, I find the Warrnambool campus really useful. I spend lots of time in the library,” she said.
“It’s good to have a small campus.
“The law in Europe is the written law, whereas here we have the common law. It has been handy to be back at uni, as it is developing my writing skills and vocabulary.”
Mrs Savage comes from Poznan, a city in Poland.
“Warrnambool is smaller, but it is very handy,” she said.
“Within 15 minutes of driving I can get anywhere. Having the beach here is good. The whole Lake Pertobe facility for the children is great as well as the tennis courts. Our children are having lessons.”