After finishing high school, Bernie managed a local bar. One day, he decided there had to be more to life. A friend helped him realise he wanted to study science.

Despite the fact he had no recent academic results, Bernie was ready to roll up his sleeves and work. He was accepted into a Diploma course at The College at Western, as a pathway to a bachelor degree at the University. It was an amazing year.

"I lived on campus, in a really nurturing environment. I even travelled to China on a scholarship. I think education is the best thing you can do." Bernie's experience at The College set him up for success, and he is now in his second year of a Science/Law degree at the University.