To mark 2018 International Women’s Day, NCWQ is profiling an impressive women each day in the lead up to the 8th March.

These featured young women are past NCWQ Bursary Recipients, and have demonstrated incredible leadership, success, community service, intelligence and commitment to their personal and professional passions. In today’s feature, past bursary recipient Christina Bakker shares her thoughts.

To learn more about the bursary program, keep an eye on our website in the coming month or two.  

What were the benefits to you in being a 2017 NCWQ bursary recipient?

The 2017 NCWQ bursary has provided me the encouragement and resources necessary to hold my first solo exhibition in Australia!

What are your goals for this year?

My key goals for 2018 are to finish my university studies and to become a qualified yoga teacher, all the while enjoying and being grateful for these amazing opportunities.

What is your personal mantra or self-talk that you use to keep yourself on track in pursuing your aspirations?

I don’t have a mantra to keep me going towards my aspirations – rather I just try to be kind to myself in the face of challenges, check in with friends and family when I get stuck or need to celebrate, and I give time each day to slow down and reconnect to my values.

Who have been your most significant woman role models?

I look up to women who embody their true essence, intelligence and big-heartedness without conforming to societal expectations.

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