Ready for new challenges

Susanna Panaia has packed a lot of achievements into her 21 years.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d443750
Susanna Panaia has packed a lot of achievements into her 21 years.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443750

SUSANNA Panaia is just 21, but she already has a whole lifetime of experience behind her.

The Midland resident is currently working for a Liberal senator in Canberra and very excited about the challenges ahead.

“I have started a law degree, but now I am going to study part-time due to the hours in my new job,” she said.

This is not all the 21-year-old fits into her schedule though.

Ms Panaia is also a founding member of a charity for MS sufferers in WA and has already raised more than $70,000 for the charity.

She holds one fundraiser each year and donates the proceeds to the charity she has supported since she was 17.

Isn’t 17 young to start a charity?

“No, I was motivated to help and at that stage I did not know anyone with MS, but of course since then I have met a lot of people suffering from MS and I have found it hugely rewarding to help them,” she said.

For the past three years, Ms Panaia has also worked one day a week as a paralegal, witnessing some prominent trials in Perth laws courts, and said that had also been a hugely rewarding experience.

“I feel like with what I have experienced I have already lived a few lifetimes,” she said.

Although she did not enjoy school, once she hit university she absolutely loved it, she said

“Law is such a great area to study and I am highly motivated now and passionate about what I do,” she said.