Tell me a little bit about you.
Well I was born in Perth. And my family moved to Brisbane when I was six. So just kind of grew up in the area. And yeah, now I’m studying a Bachelor of Science and majoring in marine biology.
And why did you choose marine biology?
Well originally I got a really good OP and I wanted to do medicine. So I started off in nursing, realized I wasn’t actually a people person and I’ve always really loved the ocean and David Attenborough documentaries so I just kind of charged to marine biology on a bit of a whim.Turns out I love it.
So what’s your favorite thing about what you study.?
It’s really easy to connect to my early experiences and things I see and appreciate in the world, I can learn a bit about in more detail and I get a better understanding of how things work and a new appreciation for them.
So what’s important to you and your life?
Important things? Probably my family my pets. And actually, probably my education’s one of the big things I value.
So, my family obviously. I was actually born with a rare neurological condition so that kind of affected me quite a lot until I was sort of five or six. So it was a really rough time, I spent a lot of time in hospital. So I had a lot of support from my family through that which was really good. So we’re very close-knit and tight. And then, my pets. I just.. who doesn’t love their pets? I’ve got two cats two dogs. And that’s it at the moment. Yeah.
How did your neurological condition impact you?
It’s hard to remember because I was very young. I spent a lot of time in hospital. I had to be fed nasal-gastrically through a tube which I have really horrible memories of because that’s not pleasant.
Not a lot that I can remember hugely. I sort of overcame it, which was weird. That’s not meant to happen but.
But It did.
Yes. So basically yeah. All gone. I’ve got a bit of facial palsy so I can’t move my face entirely and I get a little leg pain but that’s about it.
Wow, you’d never know.
Well, thank you.
How do you prioritize these things in your life?
Well basically of an afternoon as soon as I get home from either work or uni or whatever I’m doing, as long as I haven’t got anything else going on it’s always family time.
We always just try to spend time together or if we can’t, keep up with each other throughout the day. So if something good’s happened, I’ll always, we’ve got a little group chat, let them know and they let us know and we’re all very close. And my pets. The dog park is a daily ritual, if not a walk. Yeah. Love to spend time and part of my favorite time of the day is getting into bed with the dog at night and having a bit of snuggle. But yea, that’s kind of it.
So are there are any like memories or people in your life or things that have happened that have shaped what is important to you. Anything specific that stands out?
I can’t think of anything specific. We went on a family holiday when I was about 14 to Hawaii. And I think that was when I really really got interested in the whole ocean side of things and just not necessarily chose that I wanted to do marine biology but it definitely piqued my interest in that area. So that kind of stands out to me as a defining moment of interest but nothing really major I don’t think.
Has anyone ever asked you this question before?
No, I don’t think so.
What’s it like being asked that question?
It’s really challenging to pinpoint a specific answer.
so who in your life do you think would benefit from being asked that question?
I think almost everyone that I know. Having a chance to actually think about what has shaped them and what experiences have made them who they are and what they value is a good opportunity to stop and reflect. I don’t think anyone really does it.