Graduate: Jacqueline Adriaanse

Jacqueline Adriaanse and daughter Lilla
Jacqueline Adriaanse and daughter Lilla

My journey with SCU (Lismore campus) began back in 1997. I was fresh out of high school and being an art enthusiast, I enrolled in the Bachelor of Communications program majoring in Visual Arts and Media Communications. My memories of SCU during that period are memorable. The uni bar was alive and the free food on offer the day before 'Austudy' was a gift that kept us in good health and spirit. How we longed for that vegan food van. The buzz around campus, the art and music scenes and activism were roaring - keeping me motivated and busy during my undergraduate degree. It was the 90's after all.

After graduating in 2000 I had a mixed bag of adventures. I travelled and moved, more than the norm, working in various contract positions around NSW, VIC and QLD before taking the plunge and moving to Japan to teach English. This journey sparked an enthusiastic interest in teaching and after 2 years in Japan, I decided to move back to Australia where I commenced my Diploma of Education at SCU in Tweed Heads, NSW.

It was an intense year as any graduate of the Dip Ed can no doubt vouch for but the quirky lectures delivered by Dr Neville Jennings kept us entertained and inspired. At the end of 2006 I once again graduated from SCU with my Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) specialising in Visual Arts then ventured out to teach at a number of high schools across the Gold Coast and Brisbane. In 2008 I relocated back to Japan after being offered a creditable teaching position at a University in Fukushima.

Whilst teaching full time I also undertook my postgraduate studies studying a Post Graduate Certificate in TESOL online, once again, and for the third time with SCU. For the next three years I was based in Fukushima until the tsunami struck which as a consequence, had me inevitably returning home to Australia where I continued to teach English to international students at a private English college.

About a year ago a position became vacant at a NSW university working in the international office supporting international students during their studies in Australia. I applied for the position and was successful no doubt due to my international experience and education qualifications. Although currently not teaching, I thrive on working in the educational sector and in a support role with international students.

My journey with SCU has had vast and positive ramifications and has put me in the position of where I am today. I'm now looking at completing my Master's degree in Education and look forward to writing the next chapter of my SCU story.

Jacqueline Adriaanse