Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 11.10.2019

Michael Schmidt

Class of 1989
OCCUPATION Cloud Architecture Manager
Lives Seattle, United States
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Kurrajong
  • 2 time marathon runner !, 2010
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What does life look for you now?

I live in Seattle Washington and work at Amazon. I look after a team of Solution Architects that help companies build cool stuff for the cloud. I am married to De-Arnne who went to Girls Grammar and we have two boys Riley and Jasper who love to play baseball and are ski racers.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

The snow ! .. being active and positive

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

An Architect

What is your favourite Radford moment?

The Gondoliers !

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

Took me a while to figure it all out.. a few false starts .. but I kinda figured it out eventually

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

Not at all .. lots of failure.. lots of lessons.. and lots of laughs

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

Know yourself.. know what your strengths are.. focus on them .. ignore everything else.. your strengths will serve you much better than your weaknesses will despite all the time you spend on them

What advice do you have for current students?

Enjoy yourself.. make good decisions.. be true to yourself.. surround yourself with good people.. don't let the bumps get to you.. focus on being happy, healthy and kind to everyone you meet.. it will all be ok.. it really will be

Where are you now?