21 June 2019
Emerging indie artist Leonie Kingdom will be right at home when she performs during Open Day at USC’s Fraser Coast campus this Sunday.
Leonie, who reached the top of Triple J’s Unearthed chart last year with her debut single Night Terrors, is studying Nursing Science at USC Fraser Coast while gaining attention around the globe with her distinct indie folk musical style.
USC will hold Open Day from 10am-1pm on 23 June at its campus in Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay for prospective students and their families to discuss their study options with lecturers and learn about university life from current students and graduates.
The Hervey Bay resident said she would perform a mix of covers and original songs, including her latest single So Much More, a song about learning from life experiences, learning and growing along the way.
“I love music and I love studying nursing, however it is not your usual juggling of study and work,” said Leonie, who has performed at the Tamworth Music Festival and is booked for gigs in six states in the next few months.
“The music industry is more unpredictable than an average job, and you have to take opportunities to record and perform come up as they come up.”
Open Day will include a special presentation on balancing study with other commitments such as work, finances and family, and another session on how to choose the right program to study and tips for making the most of university life.
USC academics will provide one-on-one advice about programs and courses, while Student Support staff will help with tailored information on applying for university, scholarships and financial support.
USC Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanne Scott said Open Day was an opportunity to see people's futures change in an instant.
“I enjoy seeing those lightbulb moments when an uncertain 17-year-old discovers a possibility she hasn't thought of before or when an anxious tradie learns the career he's been secretly dreaming about all his life is within his grasp,” Professor Scott said.
“Those moments remind us why we do what we do,” she said.