While the year might feel like it’s racing by, for 17-year-old Maddie there are plenty of events still to look forward to.
There’s the hefty study commitment of Year 12 to wrap up for a start, as well as mapping out what will come next for life beyond high school.
“I’m excited to be achieving great results in all my subjects, including English, maths, business and hospitality,” said Maddie.
“I’m also looking at studying pharmacy next year, which I feel will be a good fit for me. It’s a quiet environment and very personable, with lots of different people needing to visit a pharmacy for help – and I want to use my career to help people!”
Another much-anticipated milestone is Maddie’s school formal, with her dress already picked out and hanging ready in her wardrobe (shoes still undecided).
Outside of schoolwork, Maddie’s hobbies span a range of interests, from listening to music, to going out with friends, to cars – including a current project helping a mate re-build an old Ford ute.
Her busy schedule includes delivering pizzas too, a job Maddie said she “absolutely loved” thanks to flexible hours, great pocket money and the opportunity to make use of her newly-acquired driver licence.
Maddie is also a familiar face around the Hear and Say Gold Coast Centre, where she attends for audiology and specialised speech therapy services to assist with her two cochlear implants. Maddie said she was grateful to have grown up with such support, as being able to communicate through hearing and speech touched on so many areas of her life.
“I’ve been able to choose to study any subject I wanted at a mainstream school, all because I learnt how to hear and speak. I can listen to music. I had no trouble getting my licence and am now driving on my P plates. I can talk with anyone, anywhere and at any time – because my technology stays with me!” said Maddie.
“My hearing means I have options – I can work where I want, I can study what I want and I am independent.”
For further information about Hear and Say’s programs for people of all ages impacted by hearing loss, please contact us or phone 07 3850 2111.