A Townsville teenager has her sights firmly set on becoming a surgeon, and despite only being 15 years old, has already begun working towards that goal.
Denika Wyngaarden of Bushlands revealed to 9News she’s so determined to succeed, she’s already started her university degree even though she’s yet to finish high school.
‘Most of the other people are adults but it’s okay, it’s alright being the youngest one,’ she said.
And this year, the hardworking 15 year old will get one step closer to making her dream a reality when she heads off to Poland in July to take part in a special mentoring program.
The program will see Denika partner with a paediatric physician who will spend two weeks giving her some real-life on-the-job surgical experience.
‘I think I’m the only one in Australia going from my age group for this trip, but I will get to meet kids from all over the world. So it’s pretty exciting,’ she said.
Her family say they back Denika’s dreams, and that they ‘couldn’t be prouder.’
Of Denika’s achievement in landing a spot on the prestigious mentoring program, dad Kenny Wyngaarden said his daughter deserves it because she ‘puts in the hard work.’
He also said that they support her fully in her ambitions.
Irrespective of the fact she’s only 15, Denika said pursuing a career in medicine is something she’s wanted to do since she was eight.
‘I’ve just found what I want do and I’m working on it,’ Denika concluded.