St Peter's student chases dreams to become an astronaut

St Peter's student Lucy Woolnough has come across a rare opportunity to finish her year 11 and 12 studies at a college in Armenia.

Lucy will leave her Dalmeny home to experience life on the Dilijan campus with young people from around the globe.

Lucy Woolnough (centre) with her sister Anna and mother Kate.

Lucy Woolnough (centre) with her sister Anna and mother Kate.

After a lengthy application process, the 16-year-old was accepted through United World Colleges (UWC) to study over two years at the prestigious college and receive an International Baccalaureate diploma.

"When I first applied for this, I didn't think I would get in, it all happened so fast - it has been exhilarating," she said.

Lucy researched the college and felt it was the perfect fit to complement her career goals. Lucy dreams of becoming an astronaut and international lawyer.

She said the college had a reputation of politics and peacemaking.

"They (the college) have really clear missions and goals and it is something I wanted to be part of," she said.

"I am definitely looking forward to the science and politics courses."

It was a science class at St Peters when her teacher talked about the first moon landing and read quotes from astronauts experiencing space.

"It was the way she described it, I thought, 'oh wow I really want to do this'," Lucy said.

"l was interested in space and science."

"I want to be an astronaut in the future, to specialise in science and astrophysics. If it doesn't work out, I would like to become an international lawyer or maybe work for the UN (United Nations)."

Lucy Woolnough (far right) with her stage 6 French class of St Peter's.

Lucy Woolnough (far right) with her stage 6 French class of St Peter's.

Lucy leaves Australia on September 1. She was excited to meet a diverse group of people, however, will miss her friends and family.

"Two years, I will definitely miss friends and family and the seven hour time difference will be a bit difficult," she said.

"But I will make new friends and have connected with a few people already."

Lucy received a partial scholarship to cover costs of her studies. To help with the remaining cost to attend the college, as well as airfares and board, she created a GoFundMe page.

"I have been saving; working at the Dalmeny IGA and will hopefully get a few shifts in at a restaurant in Narooma as well," she said.

"I reached out to charities and there hasn't been too many places that have been able to help, which is understanding."

Lucy Woolnough and the Narooma Emeralds. Lucy thanked her Netball coach for all her support.

Lucy Woolnough and the Narooma Emeralds. Lucy thanked her Netball coach for all her support.

She thanked family and friends for their kind donations as well as those who provided reference letters for her application.

Lucy hoped the wider community could help and donate. To visit her GoFundMe page, CLICK HERE.

Follow Lucy's journey via her blog, CLICK HERE.

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