Alumni profiles: how our Indro studies prepared us

  • Published on July 29, 2019
  • Six Indro alumni shared their experiences for our 2020 Senior Secondary Curriculum Handbook. Sophie Barton, Shahmir Ali, Adelina Martinez, Nicole Cheng, Tom Robinson and Lauren Krause talked about their subject choices, career pathways, aspirations and habits that led to success.

    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Sophie Barton.
    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Sophie Barton.
    SOPHIE BARTON

    Graduated from Indro in 2017

    Currently studying at Monash University:  Bachelor of Science and Arts with a Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Studies

    Sophie’s Senior Suite of Subjects:  English, Mathematics A, Biology, Spanish Acceleration, Ancient History, and Film, Television and New Media

    PATH TO TERTIARY STUDY
    I moved interstate to attend Monash University just after graduation. I am studying a Bachelor of Science and Arts with a Diploma in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I am majoring in Earth Science and Human Geography respectively. In 2019, I have been the youngest person to receive a Full Scholarship as a Diversity and Inclusion Residential Advisor. I largely attribute this to the appreciation for unity in diversity that Spanish Immersion cultivated.
    ASPIRATIONS
    I am interested in working to reduce climate change inequality within the emerging world, focusing specifically on hydrogeological mitigation.
    TIPS FOR SUCCESS
    I don’t believe there is a magical trick to achieving the perfect results. I was motivated as I recognised what a privilege it was to finish high school. I attribute my results to the basics. I prioritised sleep (8-plus hours), attendance, exercising, taking breaks and starting tasks the day I received them. I am so glad I studied a wide variety of subjects as in Year 10
    I was set on Medicine, in Year 11 and 12 on Law, and then two days before results came out I changed to Science (and I have since changed majors).

    Biggest study tip: put 200% into drafts. the better the draft is, the more feedback you have to advance.

    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Shamir Ali.
    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Shahmir Ali.
    SHAHMIR ALI

    Graduated from Indro in 2015

    Currently starting Doctoral Studies in New York
    Shamir’s Senior Suite of Subjects: English, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Chemistry, Physics, Ancient History

    PATH TO TERTIARY STUDY
    I just graduated from John Hopkins University in America with an undergraduate Honours Degree in Public Health and Political Science with a scholarship as a Woodrow Wilson fellow. I’m now in a holding pattern before commencing a PhD in Public Health at the end of the year. I had a lot of research experience working with low-income food environments in Baltimore city – nutritional interventions and urban environments are a point of interest for me.
    ASPIRATIONS
    I hope to work with the World Health Organisation, or perhaps in a faculty position in the US, Australia or China.
    TIPS FOR SUCCESS
    Explore diversity in the coursework you choose in your Senior years. You really never know what skills you’ll end up taking from your classes. (Ancient History source critiques helped with Biology work at undergraduate level; you would be surprised at the kind of skills you learn in different subjects in senior that translate to the university context).

    Embracing more difficult coursework in Year 11 and 12 really gave me a big head start when it came to university classes, so don’t be afraid of the challenge!

    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Adelina Martinez.
    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Adelina Martinez.
    ADELINA MARTINEZ

    Graduated from Indro in 2014

    Currently a musician, educator and entrepreneur

    Adelina’s Senior Suite of Subjects: English, Mathematics A, Spanish Acceleration, Film and Television, Music, and Music Extension

    PATH TO WORK
    In Year 11, I picked subjects that ignored my own strengths and abilities. After failing Mathematics B and barely passing Chemistry, I sought support from the Guidance Officer so that I could transition into subjects that suited my goals. I settled on English, Mathematics A, Spanish Acceleration, Film and Television, Music and Music Extension. All of these subjects had an element of written work and time management, which are skills that I now use every day.
    ASPIRATIONS
    In 2020 I look forward to making my first album and travelling to New York City. In the long term, I want to work on projects that help young musicians, use all my talents and maintain my artistic integrity.
    TIPS FOR SUCCESS
    If I had my time again, I would have viewed my assessments as challenges to better manage my time, communicate my ideas and perform under pressure. These are the skills that have helped me the most since leaving school and becoming a full-time musician, educator and entrepreneur. Habits that helped me achieve success at school were starting assignments early, asking questions, always submitting a draft and seeking extra support when I needed it.

    I hope that you use your senior schooling as a trapeze that swings you closer to anything you want to achieve in life. Remember, if you have made it this far, you are already capable!

    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Nicole Cheng.
    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Nicole Cheng.
    NICOLE CHENG

    Graduated from Indro in 2016

    Currently studying at University of Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

    Nicole’s Senior Suite of Subjects: English for ELS Learners, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Chemistry, Physics and Accounting

    PATH TO TERTIARY STUDY
    I received an OP2 at Indooroopilly State High School in 2016 and, after much thought, I decided to study a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) at The University of Sydney.
    HOMESTAY
    Living with a Homestay family has been one of my fondest experiences, not just in the aspect of living and studying but also in the aspect of cultural immersion. I am very lucky that I chose Queensland as the start of my journey, and my high school life in Brisbane is a special memory that will stay in my heart forever.
    TIPS FOR SUCCESS
    Although I studied English for several years in China, language can be a great hindrance. Terminology associated with each subject made it even harder. To overcome this, I made a vocabulary list for each subject, picking up unfamiliar words from the textbook and teachers’ notes. Then I would review them daily so I could remember the words long after I first discovered them.

    I found it useful for my language learning to regularly seek support from the EALD department. The ESL teachers  were my secret weapon.

    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Tom Robinson.
    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Tom Robinson.
    TOM ROBINSON

    Graduated from Indro in 2016

    Currently completing a shipwright apprenticeship

    Tom’s Senior Suite of Subjects: English, Prevocational Mathematics, Modern History, Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways, Physical Education, Technology Studies

    PATH TO WORK
    Since high school I knew I wanted to become a boat builder. The Certificate I completed in Furniture Making was a fantastic foundation for my apprenticeship as I learnt the fundamentals of timber and using tools effectively. My career path has led to many great experiences involving boats and the sea, including delivery trips and yacht races.
    ASPIRATIONS
    Learning my trade has given me the skills and confidence to start my own projects in my spare time. I initially did boat building at home under the clothesline, at great inconvenience to my parents. I aspire to work in places like Europe and North America, where there is a thriving traditional boat-building scene.
    TIPS FOR SUCCESS
    Although my academic record left a lot to be desired, and my study habits matched, I spent a lot of time during high school reading books and using the internet as a tool to learn about the boat-building trade.

    Through school holiday work and research, I was able to find the apprenticeship that best suited me.

    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Lauren Krause.
    Indooroopilly State High School graduate Lauren Krause.
    LAUREN KRAUSE

    Graduated from Indro in 2016

    Currently completing a Bachelor of Secondary  Education at the University of Queensland

    Lauren’s Senior Suite of Subjects: Chinese, Ancient History, Modern History, Geography,  Mathematics A and English

    PATH TO TERTIARY STUDY
    Indooroopilly State High School’s Chinese Acceleration Program fuelled my passion and love for Chinese, and created a wonderful learning experience. I am in my third year at The University of Queensland and still studying the language, seven years since starting Chinese Acceleration at high school.
    ASPIRATIONS
    I’ve finally decided to study Secondary Education and it really was because I love Chinese and I want to keep using it. I also hope that as a teacher, I can encourage other young people of non-Chinese background to learn Chinese.
    TIPS FOR SUCCESS
    A useful study tip that I have often used is to, ‘chunk’ words into meaningful phrases (rather than studying individual characters in isolation), because ‘chunking’ helps in remembering vocabulary.

    The Chinese teachers at Indooroopilly were always so enthusiastic and passionate in their teaching, and always offered support, even after school hours.

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