Hello, my name’s Joseph. As a former mentee, I’m looking forward to putting into practice all the things I’ve learnt from my mentors over the years.
I am 22 years old, and I have a brother and a sister also 22 years old. Yep, I’m a triplet! And of course, I’m the intelligent, good looking, charismatic and humble one in the family.
I am an avid and confident user of technology. In my free time I love to read, socialise and watch movies.
I’m in my fourth year of university studying a Bachelor of Social Science/Laws degree (after changing degrees numerous times). I have experience in how people with disabilities can be involved in university. I also have some experience in conquering depression after going through a real rough patch between 2016-17.
I also volunteer as a CDAH Board Member and a Legal Intern at Disability Advocacy. I am also a representative on the Newcastle City Council’s Disability Inclusion Advisory Committee.
My lived experience has taught me how to overcome challenges and as a result, I acknowledge everyone has struggles in their life. As a result, I have a good understanding of the challenges that individuals who live with a disability face but like everyone else, not all people with a disability are the same. As my mother says, “Pain is unavoidable, but misery is an option.”
Furthermore, I truly feel that people with a disability can, and do, actively and positively contribute to the community.
As a mentor, I can help you:
build confidence in speaking up for yourself.
getting through high school and university life, especially on how to navigate the system as well as making the most of the opportunities provided.
Develop skills in looking and applying for a job by helping with cover letters, resume and addressing selection criteria
help you in navigating the stresses and challenges that young adulthood brings