This NAIDOC Week Queensland Law Society highlights its commitment to encourage First Nations students to continue their studies at Queensland universities, especially those who are keen to study law and become a solicitor.
There is a growing band of role models in the deadly mob practising as solicitors, among them Nareeta Davis, above, a solicitor in Holding Redlich Lawyers’ Pro Bono Division who is also a Senior Accountant at BDO (NQ) in the Business Recovery Division, a mother of two, mentor and volunteer.
Cairns-based Nareeta is a member of the QLS First Nations Consulting Committee and a CQ University law graduate who has stepped up to provide advice to aspiring Indigenous students on behalf of the university.
In an article posted by CQ University, Nareeta says that she enjoys assisting students who are studying at the university, as she can resonate with both their concerns and highlights.
“First of all, and cliché I know, but believe in yourself,” Nareeta advises students thinking about taking the leap into higher education.
Once they’ve overcome that hurdle and taken the dive to enrolling, Nareeta says to not be afraid about asking for support.
“Swallow your pride and ask for help,” she says. “Reach out for support from family, friends and the university – those family and friends who don’t support you – ditch them.
“Reach out to the course coordinators and the Indigenous Engagement Team – they are there and actually want you to succeed. Yes, it is very hard, there will be tears and a lot of sacrifice, but this is short-lived – keep on at it one subject at a time and you’ll be surprised at how you get through it.”
Nareeta has also recently featured in a special CQ University video, which was produced by Desert Pea Media and has been launched as part of NAIDOC Week.