FRESH from completing his nursing degree in Coffs Harbour, African-born Alfred Seasay is now looking forward to one day raising a family by the coast.
This weekend he will farewell the Coffs Coast and depart for the ‘Big Smoke’ where he will work as a registered nurse at the Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital.
He hopes to gain experience in his field before returning to the area to work as a nurse in the community.
“I’m hoping to go to Sydney to get some experience and then I wish to come back and work at the hospital here,” Mr Seasay said.
“It’s a good place to live and I’ve liked living near the beach.”
Having moved to Australia five years ago from wartorn Sierra Leone in West Africa, Mr Seasay was seeking a better life and a safer place to live.
Leaving a country consumed by civil war and bad living conditions, he relished the opportunity to live and study in a coastal community.
After two years he became an Australian citizen and then started his Bachelor of Nursing at the Coffs Harbour Campus of Southern Cross University.
Mr Seasay has enjoyed living here for the past five years and described the university here as a great place to study.
“The uni here has good facilities and the practical work I did at the hospital was a great way to learn,” Mr Seasay said.
“There are lots of opportunities here.”
Currently living with his mother and brothers, who he came to Australia with, Mr Seasay is looking forward to the big move to Sydney.
“I am very much looking forward to starting my new job. While I will stay in shared accommodation at first I am hoping to eventually get my own place.”
After completing his placement at Sydney Hospital, Mr Seasay hopes to further his education by eventually returning to university to study medicine.
In the meantime he dreams of starting his own family and raising them in a coastal environment where he can also be close to his mother and brothers.