Class of: 2006
School: Onehunga High School
Scholarship Partner: Siemens (NZ) Ltd
At school Talya was recognised as an inspirational leader. Her Principal regarded her as an "incredibly positive and determined young woman, who works hard at her studies'. Talya was particularly talented in the Sciences and she studied Level 3 Calculus a year ahead of her peer group. Alongside studies, Talya worked part time to provide financial support for her mother.
At Siemens, Talya's people skills and positive attitude went a long way. Working there she developed a strong team-work ethic and an understanding not only of the technology industry but of a successful business.
Talya studied a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at The University of Auckland. After graduating in 2010 she went directly on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Biological Medical Science.
In 2013 Talya completed a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Sydney, then went on to do research at The GI Foundation/Australian Diabetes Council. She is now an Accredited Practising Dietitian, currently working at Aspen Nutritionals on the infant and toddler feeding careline for S-26 infant formula, and doing social media and organising supermarket tours at The Good Nutrition Co.
Tayla is also a volunteer for the Australian Diabetes Council.