Laura Hants embodies openness to opportunity
Second year Bachelor of Nursing student, Laura Hants, is a walking advertisement for Frontier, the national volunteer program within Campus Ministry.
Laura grew up in Yass and completed her schooling in Canberra so the capital was an obvious choice for university. “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and this calling grew stronger throughout my high school years.
“I loved the strong sense of community at ACU evident on Orientation Day and when I had the opportunity to attend a practical day where I trialed some of the courses. ACU has met all my expectations and the transition to university life was so smooth.”
An early offer to attend university through the Community Achiever Program (CAP) led Laura to meet Canberra Campus Ministry Pastoral Associate Greg.
“By the start of Semester 2 I was keen to be involved in some of the events Campus Ministry was offering. Everyone was so welcoming, and I was able to meet many new and wonderful people.”
A variety of activities is available at each campus. “I was excited to deepen my faith and explore everything Campus Ministry had to offer. This encouraged me to apply for Frontier Silver so I could be more involved in planning events and be a part of a team helping to support students in the community.”
Frontier is the national volunteer program within Campus Ministry, operating at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Frontier students serve in the areas of liturgy, music ministry, event management, community engagement and communication and promotion of campus events and opportunities.
Laura explains, “Frontier involves having a strong presence within university life and allows you to support students. You have the opportunity to be involved in events such as Open Day and Orientation to help students transition into university, as well as being a part of the planning process of events such as Connect Groups, Sunset Sessions, retreats and masses.
“You’re supported by having regular meetings with your campus pastoral associate and with a mentor in your field of study. For me, spending time with a graduate nurse who shares my ideals and values has been wonderful.
“Frontier has allowed me to develop my leadership, communication and organisation skills and this has helped me accomplish academic goals.”
Laura is a spirited advocate of the Frontier program and recommends it wholeheartedly.
“Campus Ministry provides you with support and mentorship, and you meet new people who will become friends and broaden your support network. I encourage you to attend some of the events at your campus and consider applying for Frontier. You won't regret it!”
Laura hopes to progress to Frontier Gold, which would allow her to maintain and deepen her involvement in, and commitment to, Campus Ministry.