Life beyond Radford

Last updated 26.12.2018

Adam Philbey

Class of 2015
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Karri
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What does life look for you now?

I am currently finishing off my undergraduate civil engineering degree.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

One thing I remember fondly is Year 9 Camp. I had a great experience and very much enjoyed working with my classmates in a completely different environment.
I also really enjoyed all the service related things I was able to do. I’d say my favourite moment was going up to Coonabarabran to help renovate the Warrumbungles Mountain Motel after bush fires came through the area. Radford and the Warrumbungles Mountain Motel had a great partnership through the G-trips and we furthered the relationship by helping them out in a time of need. H let me come up and drive the tractor around which I thought was pretty sweet.

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

I’d have to say two of the biggest influencing factors during my time at Radford would be my Year 9-12 tutor, Mr Bleys and my service learning teacher, Mr Huitker. Both teachers have influenced where I am and what I am doing now.
Mr Heath was also someone I remember as an inspirational figure. I was always quite impressed with his ability to lead the school and seemingly effortlessly gain respect from the students.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I had decided that I wanted to do engineering in the ADF from quite an early age, probably around Year 8. I did a lot of research before committing and although it’s still early days, I haven’t been disappointed.

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

So far so good.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

Team sports and playing music in a band is nowhere near as common as it is in high school. I think if I knew that I’d make the most out of it and focus a little less on the study and a little more on the things that I enjoyed.

What advice do you have for current students?

It’s better to aim for something after Year 12 rather than an ATAR score. I’d suggest being more concerned with your future and finding something you enjoy rather than getting caught up and doing classes you think will increase your score. Consider the things that simulate you and aim for a career in that area. In the end if you enjoy what you are studying in Year 11 and 12, you will do better.
I’d also suggest making the most of the added experiences at Radford. I committed to the G-trips and volunteering at BMS and I am very happy that I did. I know a lot of my classmates got a lot out of the other trips available such as Timor Leste and the languages tours. These are the sort of things that are hard to come by outside of Radford.

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