Name: Tiffany Carroll-MacDonald
Pursuit: Rural Agriculture
When did you start?
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement was proving to myself and my doctors who told me that I would never be able to study or work full time ever again that I could do these things if I really put my mind to it. I have since held a full time job as a soil scientist, received an First Class Honours in Environmental Science and I am on my way to earning a PhD. Never underestimate a person’s determination.
What is your dream?
My dream is to inspire others to achieve their dreams by passing on my knowledge and my passion for what I do. Ultimately, one day I want to set up a property as a teaching facility for underprivileged or troubled children. Here they would learn about living off the land and put into practice what they learn.
Who or what have inspired you?
There has been many people along my journey to where I am that have inspired me. They have have shown me what I could achive and
Who's your hero?
Anyone who is an inspiration to others. I could sprout off a long list of scientists that have inspired may others but to me the true hero’s are the people who live in rural areas of Australia. They are presented with uncontrollable conditions from the environment and still manage to continue with spirit and determination. They are the true salt of the earth.
Any other special talents?
I wouldn’t say that my other ‘talents’ are special but they definitely make me who I am! I enjoy kickboxing and fire twirling and especially love cooking sauces and chutneys full of chilli.
I grew up listening to all my mum and dads old vinyl records, so artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles and the Jackson 5 will always be my favourite.
Across the Universe (a movie influenced by all the Beatles songs)
Alice in Wonderland
Favourite TV Show?
BIg Bang Theory
Thai, just because I love CHILLI
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant money I have received will be put towards funding my PhD research. It is very important to me as I believe passionately in my work and these funds will help me answer some important questions that will help both the environment and those living on the land.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
A friend once wrote a quote on a piece of paper for me and to this day I still carry it with me. The quote is: ‘I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.’