Being different is something that many of us can relate to. In Lucia’s case, life in a small town, combined with her heritage and the twin pressures of social media and beauty norms affected her mental health and her studies.
Fortunately for Lucia, her strength and the support of the people around her have helped her to thrive since arriving at Flinders.
“I met people that told me not to listen to those things. My friends now are the ones that have made me realize that my life is fine. That the way I say certain things is fine. The way I look, and the way I dress is completely natural and completely my own thing. I didn't know who I was, personally, for a long time, and I'm still learning, I'm still young. I think the relationships I’ve made have really helped me figure that out.”
Lucia is also developing new relationships with her lecturers. Although she was hesitant at first, she’s come to realise that it’s important to ask questions. To speak up. To explore the topics and build supportive connections with her peers and lecturers. She’s learned how to take more control of her learning.