Where are they now?

Where are they now? 2020-01-28T10:05:58+00:00

Marika Niihori

What year and grade did you complete your education at TAS?

Year 1 – 12, graduating in 2015.

Where are you now?

It’s hard to believe I graduated from high school four years ago, but I hope to share my appreciation through my achievements and showcase what my education at TAS has allowed me to excel during my university years. I was accepted into the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree here at the ANU and I have graduated with First Class Honours in Physics. I have gained a specialisation in Optics, majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics.

Throughout my degree, I’ve undertaken five research projects from creating new materials by laser explosions, modelling the electric fields of neurons, imaging neural activity, producing a biosensor and making nanowire LEDs. It’s been an amazing experience having hands-on experience since first year, and I’m even finalising a first author paper from a project I did back in 2nd year.

What are your academic highlights?

I was one of two students to be selected to attend the University of Tokyo to undertake a two week intensive short course on Nanoscience through the International Alliance of Research University. I am a Wanda Henry Scholar and have received the scholarship for the past three years – this is awarded to the highest achieving student in optics/photonics. I had the opportunity to direct the first Women in STEM lunch at the ANU, and invited back to run it again for a second time. I recently was titled the Regional Winner for Oceania for the category of Mathematics and Physics for the Global Undergraduate Awards! This was a bit of a surprise as this award is colloquially referred to as the Junior Nobel Prize (these medals are only awarded to the Global Winners). Winners were invited to attend the Summit in Dublin. I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by the Research School of Physics to attend the summit which has been an invaluable experience! I also visited some research groups in Cambridge, Oxford and Kings College as potential collaborators or PhD groups. I conducted a semester long research project as part of my honours on Nanowire LEDs to create an integrated optical sensor- if you would like to have a read of my thesis/want more information I would be more than happy to share!

What’s your next step? 

The next step for me is to undertake a PhD and my current career prospects are to become an academic/scientist. I’m really interested in utilising physics and innovating new technology with the applications in the fields of biology/medicine, for example, wearable and portable sensors. I’ve already accepted my ANU PhD offer in Nanotechnology.

Thank you so much for all that you have done for us students and I hope you are making an inspirational impact on many more students as much as you have done for me.

Dr Sally Hall

What year and grade did you complete your education at TAS?

Year 4-12, graduating in 2008.

Where are you now? (Please provide Current Role and Employer)

Embryologist with Queensland Fertility Group

Describe your job:

I manage an IVF laboratory where I am responsible for retrieving eggs, performing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), vitrifying eggs and embryos, warming eggs and embryos, and embryo transfers.

What is your career highlight to date?

Each and every pregnancy.

What advice would you give to young people wanting to enter into a similar profession?

I was somewhat unaware of this profession when I was in high school, and it was only until my third year of uni (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) that I discovered reproductive biology. The best advice I can give is to be open-minded, be patient, and realise that there is more than one way to get to where you want to be. Allow yourself to head down a different path to what you might have planned. In doing so, you may accidentally discover what really interests you.

What is your most memorable moment at TAS?

I feel that I was gifted with a lot of opportunities whilst at TAS, the top highlights being Leichhardt House Captain, School Vice Captain, a regional debating champion, Optiminds participant, and singer for TAS JAZZ. My most memorable moment was the opportunity to sing Orange Coloured Sky for the school at our annual speech night. This became all the more meaningful after the passing of TAS JAZZ’s instructor, Bill Carlyle.

What advice would you give to current TAS students?

Get involved in what TAS has to ofter, whether that be sports, Outdoor Ed, music, round square or Optiminds. All of these extra-curriculars can tell you a lot about yourself, and help shape who you will become as a person.

Adrianne Wishart

Surname when at TAS (if different):

Bishop

Currently living in (city/country):

Pacific Ocean

What year and grade did you complete your education at TAS?

Year 11, 1997

Where are you now? (Please provide Current Role and Employer)

Super Yacht Medic, SY Encore

Describe your job:

My official role is “Medical Officer” aka chief bandaid applicator. Everything you have seen on “Below Decks” is a lie!! Life onboard is rarely that glamorous or dramatic and the hours can be the stuff of nightmares! The flip side is the incredible people I work for and the places we have sailed too. Nothing beats a sunset at sea with the wind in your hair except maybe the first night on dry land after a long passage.

What is your career highlight to date?

Having our kids travel with us on ocean passages all around the Pacific has been an amazing opportunity. Pulling them from mainstream school to just experience the world was the most awesome (and most stressful!) times we’ve had to date.

What advice would you give to young people wanting to enter into a similar profession?

Just get out there! Dayworking on boats on the GBR to gain seatime can lead to huge opportunities in the Mediterranean, Carribean and the US East Coast. Be tidy! Be meticulous!! Never underestimate the value of quality hospitality skills.

What is your most memorable moment at TAS?

School Musicals and Rock Eisteddfod. Sports and Swimming Carnivals and inter-house everything!!

What advice would you give to current TAS students?

Work like a Captain. Party like a Pirate. Essentially, remember to do the boring stuff first so you can enjoy the fun stuff later.