Xavier Healy: Student at the University of Melbourne and Project Lead of Rural Inspire

Xavier Healy grew up in Ouyen, in the Mallee region of North-West Victoria.

He recently moved to Melbourne and began studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Xavier is the Project Lead of Rural Inspire.

In the future, he wants to study Law or International Relations and wants to work to help others reach their potential, in Australia and overseas.

Xavier's journey so far:

"I was born and bred in the small town of Ouyen, and completed all of my schooling at Ouyen P-12 College. I was fortunate enough to get into on-campus residency at the University of Melbourne, and moved into Ormond College at the start of 2015. I'm studying Arts and majoring in Politics & International Studies and Media & Communication, and hope to study Law in the future.

I decided to study Arts because I was interested in finding out more about the world, and about expanding my knowledge and thinking skills. I've taken a range of subjects and done a range of things in Melbourne, and have gained skills and lifelong friends along the way. I couldn't recommend living on-campus enough, especially when you come from the country and know very few people in your new city!

Rural Inspire was the result of years of conversations, and I took it on because I believe in it's underlying purposes: every Australian deserves the best education & opportunities, no matter their background. I'm passionate about helping all of us to reach our potential."


"Moving from Ouyen to Melbourne was a huge step. I felt like I was thrown in the deep end. In hindsight, it almost felt as though I was experiencing 'culture shock'. While I was often daunted, it has been the best experience of my life. I wouldn't change a thing, and I urge people to understand that the best things in life can be scary, but are worth it.

Country towns can seem small, but the friendships you make in your small classes and in your tight-knit communities are something that you'll never find anywhere else.

I also believe that gaining exposure to new ideas is crucial in anyone's development, and absorbing as much information as possible will help you become the best version of yourself."