But as much as the self-deprecating Mr Mac is quick to thank all who have helped him during his five years at UQ, he has undoubtedly been the one inspiring others.
|Jefferson Mac and his guide dog “Ice”|
Legally blind for the past 10 years, the Master of Clinical Psychology student has not only excelled in juggling a demanding academic schedule, he has also filled numerous support and volunteer roles on the side.
“When I was declared blind I had a stereotypical image of a bleak, limited outlook where not much was possible,” 2014 valedictorian Mr Mac said.
“Then I met a guy through Guide Dogs Queensland who had completed a Masters in Audio Engineering and was a qualified mechanic: there was no piece of technology he couldn’t fix.
“I resolved then that I would not be held back by circumstance.
“I wanted to do something with psychology, so I went for it, and was so thankful for the assistance I received along the way that I decided to help others.”
Beyond his coursework, Mr Mac has been a student leader, helped facilitate English-speaking classes for foreign students, provided information for first-years, and supported others with a disability.