To reach your goals, often you have to step out and extend your comfort zone. For Lauren Hogan, the move to Melbourne was as much about chasing her study goals as it was about any simple scenic change.
Upon the decision to chase her oral health aspirations, Lauren made the switch from Albury's country lifestyle to the city, enrolling in a Charles Sturt University course, which was delivered at Holmesglen.
The decision to follow a career path in oral health was sparked, largely, by a community desire. "It's a health field that is essential for people of all ages," Lauren says. "I enjoy being a part of the community, [and] going out and helping people. Promoting oral health is something I am very passionate about."
While this ambition led the prevailing enthusiasm for her studies, it was the campus facilities that helped her develop the foundations and knowledge.
"While studying at Holmesglen, we were lucky to use the new simulation clinic and lecture theatres. The facilities at Holmesglen were brilliant. The first two years gave us all the core strengths we needed to advance from simulation clinic to practical clinic in Wagga," Lauren recalls of her on campus experience.
Additionally, the practical placements allowed her to confront the realities of the industry and practice the skills first obtained in the classroom. During Lauren's second and third years of study, she undertook clinical time in Wagga, while in her third year she completed placements at Melbourne's Monash Health and a six week position in Albury.
Moreover, during Lauren's final year, she participated in education sessions as part of Oral Health Week, which included doing dental screenings at local child care centres.
Now with a qualification supporting her move into the industry, Lauren has the right mentality to continue to build these experiences in the oral health field.
"It's a course that will introduce you to many people and give you skills that will not only support your career but also throughout your life. It is hard work, but anything worthwhile is hard work."