Nimbin woman takes on world
FROM Nimbin's rolling hills to the frontline of a humanitarian crisis, Bronte Sprenger is ready to take the first step in her selfless career path.
The 19-year-old was one of 300 young Australians to secure a spot in the Australian Defence Force Academy after a competitive and complex application process, including psychological, physical, medical and academic assessments.
Changing from her original plan to pursue criminology, Bronte plans to use the ADFA as an entry point to a world of international relations.
"The course at university I want to study is international relations, but it is quite competitive and this gives me an opportunity to interact with international relations," the Richmond River High School graduate said.
"I wanted to look at it on a global scale rather than just Australia."
The Northern Rivers-bred girl hopes to move into a logistics position that will enable her to provide aid to countries in need.
"Whenever I hear stories about the first responders, I think it would be amazing to be those first few people helping," she said at an appointment ceremony in Brisbane yesterday.
Bronte and her fellow cadets will spend the next six weeks training in Canberra.
The group will go through rigorous physical exercises and learn how to safely handle weapons.
Entering an organisation that has been surrounded by controversy in recent years, particularly with the Skype sex scandal, Bronte is confident she will not be exposed to such an experience.
"I am confident I am the type of person that will go in and not do stupid things," she said.
"I believe in being the change you want to be in the world."