Where are you from?

Victoria, Australia.

What’s your background?

I grew up in Victoria, country Victoria. And I moved to for uni, cause all my family’s here. And I thought, I could spend time with them while I’m studying. so now I’m studying chemistry and I’m in my third year, studying chemistry at QUT.

Yes. So my dad lived down there, so I moved down there with my mum so that I could spend some time with Dad, but it’s always been my mom and myself. So, two person family.

So how much longer have you got to go of your degree?

Touch wood, if I don’t fail anything, it’ll be this semester and next semester. I’m aiming to graduate mid 2020. I failed chemistry in year 11. I didn’t do it in year 12 but somehow it ended up as my degree. But I started off doing, all my best subjects were the humanities based subjects, literature, writing all that kind of stuff.

I wanted to study science because I thought it was broader, as far as what it could lead in to. If I did arts I couldn’t really go back and do science but if I did science I could still go back and do arts. It’s an easier pathway. But now I’ve kind of fallen into chemistry and I really like it. And it turns out I’m not bad at it.

What’s important to you and your life?

I want to be really conscious to work to live not live to work, make sure I have time for things like family and friends, travelling, going out and having fun.

So, what does that look like in reality?

In terms of what I actually do? Lots of beach trips. Lots of friend get togethers, lots of family get togethers, trying to make sure I spend a lot of time with my grandparents as they’re growing old. They’re both in their mid 80s, and my Mum, as well. I don’t know where I’ll be in ten years. I could be overseas doing something so spending time with them while I’m here… and that’s what it looks like.

Are there any specific experiences have shaped your view?

I’m sure there are but none that I can think of off the top of my head. I think it’s more just a collation of lots of small things over my life. So, over 20 years of small little acts of kindness. or not acts of kindness, some things have gone wrong as well.

Has anyone ever asked you this question before?

No I’ve never been asked this question before, which is… It kind of says a lot. When you’re 18 and you’re at school and being forced to pick what you want to do with your life and no one’s ever asked you what’s important to you.

No, no don’t ever ask me that before. I’ve never really have to think about it. You just kind of intrinsically just do and assume that that’s what I want.

When you ask me that I don’t immediately know what’s important to me. It’s such a big question.

So, who in your life would benefit from being asked that question?

Actually, maybe my mom. Yeah, I feel like she’s, especially the second half of her life, she’s lived a lot in a single parent household. She’s lived a lot of her life for me, which I appreciate greatly, and gives me opportunities and I don’t miss out.

But I’m now old enough where she can revaluate decisions, I think, and maybe start to make them based on different criteria. Yeah, I think I might do that.

About Charlie

Charlie is studying chemistry at Queensland University of Technology.