Life beyond Radford

Last updated 13.08.2018

Hannah Vanderheide

Class of 2008
Lives Melbourne, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
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What does life look for you now?

Pretty wonderful. Living in a beautiful home I made with the love of my life with my gorgeous family and friends close by, day-jobbing part time so I can be dream chasing for the rest.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

Every single musical!! And definitely year 9 camp. AND rowing days.

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

There were some incredible teachers at Radford that had a lasting impact on me (Mr Huitker and Dr Burns particularly) but these days, other than my parents I don’t have a figure in mind.

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

Tough. I thought I should study law or apply for medicine after I finished but my passion was acting and luckily with the kind of family I have it was really easy once I decided to do a performing arts degree.

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

No way man.

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

That Canberra is a small pool and the world out there is going to be tougher and wider and harder.

What advice do you have for current students?

If you’re planning on pursuing a tertiary education post-Radford, soak up everything the teachers give to prepare you for it, academically. I had all the tools I needed to transition when so many around me were drowning.

Anything else that you would like to share?

I feel lucky to have incredibly fond and warm memories of my high school experience, I now know that’s not a common thing.

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