Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 3.10.2018

Jen Byrne

Class of 1998
OCCUPATION Environmental Professional
Lives Wollongong, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Huon
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What is your favourite Radford moment?

Outdoor education trips and Year 9 Camp were standouts.
I also really enjoyed visual art class, graphic design, woodwork - anything creative.
Playing soccer, softball, tennis for Radford was always fun - freezing Canberra mornings on the frosty soccer pitch.
Building lifelong friendships.

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

Crash and Mr Leyshon for taking us outdoor education trips. In their own time. In their holidays. Unbelievable in hindsight. Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kangaroo Valley. Those trips sparked my love of the environment that's been burning ever since.
Crash treated everyone equally, with dignity and respect. He taught me to give and receive feedback, and to laugh at myself. What a legend.

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

For me, it was pretty simple. A choice between two paths. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a Ranger for the National Parks and Wildlife Service. But I also loved visual arts. On leaving Radford, I applied to study either environmental science or visual arts. I got offers for both. I chose environmental science. I figured I could practice visual arts on the side.

Where are you now?