When did you graduate from Shearwater and what did you do after?
I graduated from Shearwater in 2007 and spent the summer relaxing after my HSC on the beach. By February 2008 I was ready to learn again and packed myself off to Melbourne where I studied at Deakin University. In my final year, I organised a student exchange to Hong Kong University and spent a semester studying overseas and traveling through Asia.
How do you look back at your time here. What is a memory that stands out?
My fondest memories are of the great class camps we went on. Whenever I meet with my classmates, which is often, we end up discussing some aspect of our class adventures. They were by far the best times and I feel honoured to have been able to experience so much and to be given so much freedom and responsibility. Figuring my way around China or New Zealand, on these class excursions, was definitely a defining point in helping to shape Paris McKey.
Are you still in touch with former classmates or teachers?
All my class is still very tightly connected. We stay in contact and often meet as a group over summer time when we all return to Byron Shire. We’ve all moved to different cities but make sure we catch up with each other when visiting. I consider these to be my closest friends as they are the people that know me the best. We have all grown up together and watched each other develop our personalities.
What is it that you are currently pursuing in your life?
After completing my degree I am currently looking for work … I have no idea where this will lead to or what I will pursue as a profession, but I know I am ready for it. I am looking forward to whatever the future holds and am grateful to Shearwater for being part of my past.