Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 3.08.2017

Melinda Hill ( Urquhart )

Class of 2000
OCCUPATION Corporate Manager
Lives ACT, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Karri
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Canberra, Applied Science - Human Nutrition, 2001-2003
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What does life look for you now?

Married, living in Canberra with two children.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

my family, friends, being active and cooking!

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

a physio

What is your favourite Radford moment?

The 1999 UK Hockey/Netball tour (i think it was in 1999!), sports carnivals and the year 11 and 12 students coming to watch the first XI hockey grand final when I was in year 7. They took over the entire grandstand the noise and support was electric - we won too!

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

My year 8 Math's teacher (unfortunately I cannot remember her name), but she made math's really fun!

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

Not that easy, its hard to know what you should study or do post school as you are making decisions without knowing what the job is like and even if there are jobs in your chosen field once you are qualified.

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

No not at all, I was planning on being a Dietitian, so after completing my undergraduate degree I joined the workforce for a year then planned to go back to complete my masters, however, my work was quite challenging and I got to apply many of the skills I learned at uni in my work (albeit not related to the theory of my degree) so I continued on in the workforce and still have not returned to do my masters.

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

How lucky I was to be given the opportunity to attend Radford.

What advice do you have for current students?

Don't get too caught up in your year 12 score, study and work hard, but your year 12 result does not define you. Don't get too caught up in the end result but enjoy the journey!

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