Somerville House School Captain Freya Allen has been selected as one of only 20 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) school ambassadors for 2019. The ambassadorship will allow Freya to broaden her knowledge of the resources sector and expand her STEM-related career options.

When asked what inspired her application to become an ambassador, Freya spoke of the QMEA camp she attended earlier in the year where students travelled to central Queensland to participate in the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance ‘Make It Now’ Engineering Challenge at the Saraji Mine near Dysart. “At Saraji, we listened to talks from chemical, geotechnical, mining and many other engineers who shared with us why they chose to work in mining and how they got into the position they currently held,” said Freya. “I had a great time on the camp and thought I’d try for an ambassadorship — all students who attended the camp were encouraged to apply.”

Reflecting on what the QMEA ambassadorship means to her, Freya said she was excited to be able to the raise the profile of the QMEA with Somerville House students. She spoke of how she hopes to give fellow students the tools and encouragement necessary to continue with their STEM subjects throughout school and into university.

“[Becoming an ambassador] is an excellent way to continue to receive further opportunities from the QMEA,” said Freya. “It will be great to share these opportunities with Somerville House students and to be able to go on the student camps in a leadership role.”