Alumni

#MericiMoment Wall of Worlds – Jessica Lean (Class of 2008)

The word I have selected is MOMENTUS.

From the moment I left Merici, I could see how my actions and decisions were influenced by my experiences at school which showed how significant my time at Merici was - especially in having a bearing on future life events. My time at Merici and the community I was a part of shaped my life to date, and I frequently reflect on moments throughout school with a smile on my face and a feeling of nostalgia. The good old days!

#MericiMoment Wall of Words - Rosemary Sheehan (Class of 1978)

The word I have chosen is Empowerment.  The nuns and the few lay teachers we had told us we had choices in career, life pathways, our bodies, relationships. They told us we were able to make a difference in the world. The nuns were the first feminists I knew and they encouraged us to believe in ourselves as young women, and we had the right for equal treatment in society. They treated us as young women, opening our eyes to issues of the day. They encouraged us to have our own voice.

Professor Rosemary Sheehan AM

#MericiMoment Wall of Words - Anna Cronin (Class of 1978)

My word is FRIENDSHIP.

I came from the UK and arrived at Merici (Braddon Catholic HIgh School for Girls) in 1975. I was put into a class with girls a bit older than me.  I forged friendships with several girls who are still close friends of mine and I rejoice in these friendships and the education I was lucky to receive at school.  It provided a fantastic foundation for my university studies and my career, which has been fulfilling.  I look back on my days at Merici with great fondness, gratitude and pride.

#MericiMoment Wall of Words - Carlia Zedde, Class of 2014

The word I have selected is OPPORTUNITY as Merici has provided me with so many opportunities both when I was at school, and after graduating. Opportunities in terms of education that have allowed me to find my passion and pursue this pathway in teaching, whilst aspiring to be like the many wonderful teachers I had at Merici. Opportunities to truely figure out who I am, to gain confidence, to be myself, express myself and to learn to love myself.

Minh Huynh

Minh Huynh

After graduating from Merici College in 1998, I moved to Sydney to do a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney and went on to complete Honours and a PhD in Pathology. The aim of my thesis was to investigate and understand how cancer cells invade and spread throughout the body.

Tracy Keeley

Tracy Keeley

Business owner, university graduate and former Merici student, Tracy Keeley, has penned a letter to current Merici students, providing an insight into the journey of a successful business woman.

Claire Smart

Claire Smart

After graduating from Merici in 2014 I accepted an early entry offer into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury. I have loved every moment of my last three years at university, and though challenging, I have built on the many skills I developed at Merici. The great opportunities I have had at CSU include representing CSU at the Eastern Uni Games for Volleyball, receiving an Executive Dean’s Award, being accepted into the Integrated Honours program and presenting my honours project at the CSU Science Symposium in Wagga.

Anna Pino

Anna Pino

Anna is Chief Executive Officer and owner of Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre (Lighthouse), an Innovation Consultancy in Canberra.

Anna graduated from Catholic Girls High (now Merici College) in 1980 and has since studied at the Australian National University, University of Canberra, and Harvard.
Anna has had a very varied career which started as a Research Assistant, while completing her psychology studies for the World Health Organisation’s School of Social Psychology at the ANU. During this time she also spent two years working with homeless youth.

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