Old Collegians

Ashley Tharratt (2012 – 2013)

Ex Aggie

After graduating from the Western Australian College of Agriculture in Denmark I was successful in securing employment with CBH (Co-operative Bulk Handling) for the 2013/2014 seasonal harvest. I thoroughly enjoyed my employment with the CBH group as I believe it was a great opportunity to use, develop and consolidate the skills that I learnt at the Denmark Ag. College.

I then decided to follow my intuition and passion for agriculture and began my studies at Curtin University, studying the Bachelor of Agribusiness.Moving away from home proved to be one of the biggest challenges that I faced as well as making the transition from a school environment, where students were assisted with their work and assignments when needed, to a University environment in which students are expected to be highly independent.  This transition was difficult at first however, at the end of semester I was pleased with my results as I not only passed my units but I managed to achieve a distinction and high distinction in some units.  I truly believe my experiences at the College as well as the skills and knowledge I attained from my studies there have helped me adjust to the University lifestyle and the academic expectations.

At the end of my tertiary studies I wish to follow a career in agricultural science as I believe it will be both a challenging and rewarding career pathway.  I would like to work on the forefront of the agricultural science and research discipline as I would like to take part in the advancement of the industry and ensure that it moves forward in a positive manner.  Although I love working with animals and livestock, the areas of agriculture that I am particularly interested in are botany and the environment, therefore I wish to be involved in the research and development of new and environmentally friendly technologies, agricultural systems and possibly new plant cultivars.

At my time at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark I consistently enjoyed the Plant Production Systems and Conservation and Land Management courses, in particular the physiological and ecological elements of them.  My passion for plant production lead me to achieve great results in my school report and I also achieved the highest results of the school in my ATAR exams overall.  My efforts and performance in this class has enhanced my interest and enthusiasm for plant science therefore I wish to pursue a career in this field.

As our year group was relatively small and several of the students had been through previous schooling together, we were and continue to be a really close year group and have managed to keep in touch and see each other regularly.  One of the largest tests about going to the College is that all of the students are from various parts of WA, so sometimes it is difficult to all meet up. However, the majority of our year group make an effort to travel the distance to see each other and have regular catch ups.  Many of us have not only kept in touch with each other but have also kept in touch with other College leavers from the years above us.


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