Busy mum is doing it her way
RENEE Campbell is no damsel in distress - if she wants a dirty job done, she'll do it herself.
The determined mum of two yesterday graduated with a Certificate III in Jillaroo studies at Warwick Tafe.
Driven by a love of the land, Miss Campbell took on the course as a stepping stone toward her goal of owning an Angus cattle stud.
She dreams of raising her kids on the land and enrolled in the course to gain the skills and knowledge she needed to be able to complete any farm job herself.
"I was raised to be very independent and that is what I want my kids to be like too," she said. "I want them to be raised in the country because I think rural people are much more responsible and self-sufficient."
Her newly acquired skills are added to an already long list, which includes a certificate in mechanics and paramedics degree.
Miss Campbell is hoping to do practical studies at the Warwick Ambulance Station in the near future, which will see her complete her studies and become a qualified paramedic.
When she doesn't have her head in the books or her hands on the land, Miss Campbell is working at her job at a local supermarket.
Although her commitments often take her away from her children - Nikolas, 3, and Lee-Anne, 10 months - the young mum can see the bigger picture.
"Sometimes I feel bad because I can't be with them all the time, but any time I do spend with them is quality time," she said.
"I want to get ahead in life and be able to look back and say I worked hard and did all of this on my own.
"I hope the kids will be proud of me when they are older and I want them to have the same independence I do."
The committed student is already contemplating a shearing course as her next project, just in case she wants to add a few sheep to her cattle stud.