#006 Ft. Brody Hannan, $110k raised in scholarships for rural students & climbing Mt Everest!

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Our next guest is Brody Hannah. An Officer Cadet in the Australian Army Reserves, CSIRO Journalist for The Double Helix & Australian National University student. Brody & I connected on LinkedIn in March of 2018. Both growing up in country NSW, we bonded over a passion for education & an interest in mental health & emotional intelligence. It is my pleasure to welcome Brody to The Campus Experience to discuss his journey in student leadership & what excites him about the future.

Brody put his money where his mouth was, laying down his year’s scholarship to kickstart a fundraiser that eventually raised more than $110,000 for students from regional areas to come to study through The Australian National University's Rural and Regional Equity Scholarship.

“When you have a group of passionate young people, you can put pressure on big players to make big change.”

In this episode, Brody shares his story including losing his job, becoming homeless as a student, living out of his car & flipping the mindset to remind himself he’s “still in the game.” He looked for the biggest challenge he could set himself, and set his sights on Mt Everest.

“When you’re at your lowest point to remind yourself that you’re still in the game.”

We wish Brody luck as he goes out on his next adventure & couldn’t be more appreciative of his story that will inspire so many other.

While it’s important to draw inspiration from Brody’s story, it’s also important to know that if you’re struggling with mental health (which we discuss in this interview) that we are not health professionals & would recommend you speak to your GP or seek assistance from these free services below:

If you or anyone you know might be experiencing mental health challenges, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or The beyondblue Support Service who provide advice and support via telephone 24/7 (on 1300 22 4636), daily web chat (between 3pm–12am) and email (with a response provided within 24 hours).

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/contact-us

Interested in reading more about Brody’s work? Check out these resources:

·      https://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/student-blog/how-reaching-out-can-help-you-make-most-uni

·      https://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/student-blog/i-spent-my-winter-studying-oxford

·      https://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/student-blog/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-first-year

As he suggests, you can follow Brody on LinkedIn via https://www.linkedin.com/in/brodyhannan/ & ensure you look around you for inspirational people that you’re close to (as he suggests)!

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