Life beyond Radford

Last updated 12.04.2017

James Manley

Class of 2010
OCCUPATION Medical Student
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Boronia
  • Doctoral, The Australian National University, Medicine, 2013
Work history
  • Wards Person, Calvary Hospital, Bruce, 2014
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What does life look for you now?

When I wake up in the morning I roll over and I look at my beautiful wife. She too went to Radford, graduating in the same year as me (2010). I make her avocado on toast for breakfast most mornings, before I scoot off to university, where I am studying a medical degree. Most days are filled with study, whilst my wife earns all of the money that keeps a roof over our head, and finish with Netflix in the evening.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

My wife's dog and our adopted cat.

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a Rockstar. My friends succeeded in that one.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

Participating in Year 12 Revue.

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

My wife.

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

Really difficult, I took two gap years to figure out what I wanted to do.

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

Not exactly. When I left school I thought I would be an accountant; a quick three year degree before entering the workforce. However, I took a couple of years off, finished a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2015, and am now in my second year of Medicine at ANU.

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

Plans don't always work out.

What advice do you have for current students?

Don't worry so much about your ATAR, try to have fun as well.

Where are you now?