Graduate: Anna Delzoppo

Anna Delzoppo in Vanuatu
Anna Delzoppo in Vanuatu

I graduated from Southern Cross University's Lismore Campus in 2006, after completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Printmaking. I then returned in 2008 and graduated from the Tweed Heads Campus with a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary).

I really enjoyed my time at Southern Cross and cherish the many valuable experiences I had during my time there. I had some very inspiring lecturers and mentors, who contributed to who I am today. Some of my fellow students are now very dear friends for life and I look back on my time at Southern Cross fondly. One experience that stands out for me was the 2006 Grad Show. The exhibition at the end of the course is an integral part of the Visual Arts program and a great way to end your time together as a group, as well as being a good stepping stone out into the wider art world. The experience brought us as individuals closer together, taught us how to work as a group, gave us skills in all aspects of organising a major event, including; publicity, catering, installation, lighting, cataloguing, selling and time management and it was a lot of fun.

Since graduating I have been working as a High School Visual Arts Teacher, a job I love, as well as travelling and studying externally (Bachelor of Behavioural Studies with a minor in Indigenous Studies). At the end of 2012 I was lucky enough to be part of a Shearwater Steiner School Year 10 Class Trip to Pele Island, a small Island of Vanuatu, which was an amazing experience. The photo is from that trip, showing a young girl and the woven mat she taught me to make. Teaching is just as much about learning. It is a process of give and take, an exchange. Southern Cross showed me that and I am forever grateful.

Anna Delzoppo