January 2014, 5am. Manhattan was dark and covered in deep snow, gripped in an Arctic freeze. Georgie Carey should have been asleep but instead she was reading her emails.
One email in particular made Georgie forget about the time and where she was. It was from the University of Western Australia, informing her that she had been awarded a Fogarty Foundation City Scholarship.
“I was so excited that I ran to my mum’s room in the hotel. We were in separate rooms, I was with my sister,” Georgie said.
“I told her at five o’clock in the morning that I had the scholarship. It was a mixture of excitement and ‘why on earth did you wake me up so early?’”
The 2013 Deputy Head Girl had an extra reason to celebrate. Georgie had been unhappy with her ATAR, which she had received 48 hours earlier.
“It didn’t go as planned. I was a little bit disappointed to be honest because some things weren’t as I expected,” she said of her score of 96.95.
“I saw my results in New York but then I thought that I have learnt so much out of the classroom.”
It’s those lessons beyond the classroom that helped Georgie gain the scholarship which covers the full cost of her undergraduate degree.
“It’s awarded for not only academic excellence but also for being able to achieve in other areas, such as sport, community service, leadership, Arts. So it’s an all-round scholarship,” Georgie said.
Georgie is now in her final year of a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing, and Politics and International Relations.
“I’ve always found politics interesting. I did Politics and Law at school and I loved that; it was one of my favourite subjects,” Georgie said.
As a Mosman Park resident, Georgie has been involved with the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council for five years and was elected the inaugural Chairperson of the Council in 2014.
In December 2015, Georgie was appointed the 2016 National Youth Week Ambassador by the Minister for Youth, Hon. Tony Simpson MLA, and the Department of Local Government and Communities. As Ambassador she will be representing young people of Western Australia during the week of activities and events and will be involved in the planning of the festivities.