Choose Your Own Adventure. | Lilijana Nicholls | TEDxMandurah

Choose Your Own Adventure. | Lilijana Nicholls | TEDxMandurah



At 16, Lilijana Nicholls is in her second year of a Bachelor of Biology and Toxicology, with a second major in Criminology at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. How did she get there? through what she describes as a series of “fortunate events”, by challenging the way people traditionally enter university, and not taking ‘No’ as a final answer. A traditional pathway was always in Lilijana’s future but a series of fortunate events led her through what could be described as a choose your own adventure. Her passion became presenting young people with opportunities to learn about science-based careers by presenting them with educational experiences. At 16, after challenging the way people traditionally enter university, Lilijana is in her second year of a Bachelor of Biology and Toxicology with a second major in Criminology. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

5 thoughts on “Choose Your Own Adventure. | Lilijana Nicholls | TEDxMandurah

  1. A very impressive story! You are on your way to achieving great things. I love how you pushed your way through all those roadblocks and rewrote the stories in your head, truly remarkable for someone so young. Congratulations Lilijana, you are a testament to my mantra that anything is possible. No doubt all those naysayers will be now be boasting how they once knew you!

  2. Since both she and her brother were bullied, I wonder if it had something to do with the school itself or them just being unfortunate enough to be with those sets of kids. If it's something to do with the school not being able to control bullying, that's something that needs to be addressed rather than kids needing to switch schools to get out of that environment. Not every kid will be able to get themself out of that environment like Lilijana and her brother.

  3. Fabulous talk Lili! Interesting, informative and articulately presented. Good on you for chasing your dreams – I have no doubt you have a very bright future ahead! ???????

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