What does life look for you now?
Currently, I am both a languages teacher (Japanese and French) and I own and operate Japanese Art Adventures - a small artistic venture experimenting with and teaching various Japanese art forms such as Sumi-e, Sashiko, Silk Kanzashi, Kanji Calligraphy and Saga Nishiki silk brocade weaving. I also co-own Elysian Landscapes, a landscape architecture and garden maintenance business. In my spare time, I dabble in creating instructional videos to help my art clients and language students.
Tell us what you are passionate about?
Languages, online teaching, cross-cultural communication, painting, drawing, hand-sewing, gardening.
When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?
I thought I'd be either a translator or a vet. Neither happened! (Well I did do some translating as part of a job when living in Japan in 2002)
What is your favourite Radford moment?
Art classes and Japanese classes!
Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?
Mrs Helen Smith - she was the reason I became a Japanese teacher. She was so inspiring to me...
How easy was it to decide what to do in life?
I still haven't really figured it out and am leaving doors open wherever possible!
Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?
Nope. I thought I'd end up in foreign affairs, AusAid or AusTrade but most of my working life has been in the private sector with a very short stint for a local Japanese government office in Saga, Japan.
What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?
That I should have done more maths and science! I was actually good at science but dropped it to do more arty-things which ended up significantly impacting upon my ATAR.
What advice do you have for current students?
Keep your options open. Even if you know what you want to do, it is often really cool to wander down untrod paths as well... I still am, and love it!