Why did you choose Seymour?
Moving to Seymour has exceeded my highest expectations and has given me every opportunity I had ever wished for, and even more that I could never have dreamed of. One of these is the NASA space camp in Houston, Texas, aimed at girls’ schools across the state, which fits in perfectly with my aspirations and has confirmed my passion for astrophysics.
Other opportunities include the da Vinci Decathlon, Generations in Jazz, Philosothon, Rostrum Voice of Youth, high-level debating, amazing sport teams and strong social bonds, an extensive range of music competitions and The Rite Journey, all of which appeal to different areas of interest. The electives are also astoundingly extensive and have awakened interests within me that were unlikely to be discovered otherwise, as philosophy and psychology has.
"There is always something for every girl."
It also offers increased stability, as the girls can have a taste of potential pathways without the implications of experiencing them two years later for the first time. These lead into countless opportunities on the grounds of the University of Adelaide, which the group of girls learning medical science explored, using advanced simulations, professional equipment and the valuable advice of the university students to adventure into the field of dentistry. There have been numerous other excursions to this location and others, extending over every topic imaginable. There is always something for every girl.
What are your interests and career aspirations?
My dream is to become an astrophysicist, and I have never been closer to achieving it than here at Seymour. Upon my arrival, I was bombarded with like-minded people approaching me to excitedly discuss subjects we both loved, and fell in love with the community immediately. To support my love of space and the unknown, a strong sense of social justice comes with it, another aspect that is well and truly covered at Seymour. My newfound love for philosophy is a result of the detailed and extensive philosophy and psychology elective course, other subjects that greatly complement universal research.
My interests are very broad, including atomic physics, biology, chemistry, maths and physics, but also English, geography, history, philosophy and psychology. Seymour has been nothing but supportive with my choices, and has offered increasingly more opportunities to every girl. Although I know that I would like a career in astrophysics, I am not quite ready to give up my other passions.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a pathway supporting students with a wide spectrum of interests, and a primary reason for my move to Seymour, and yet another of the school’s amazing opportunities. With every program Seymour has, there is nothing that you cannot do.
Have you been happy with the level of support you have received at Seymour?
I am a happier version of myself at Seymour and am so grateful that I was given the chance to take this leap of faith and end up where I am now. Seymour has supported me throughout the whole transition and helped me grow into the person I had always hoped to be - someone with resilience, a strong work ethic and filled with passion. No matter who you are or where your interests lie, there are subjects and people for you. The students and staff will be by your side through the happy times as well as the tough ones.
My scholarship brings me closer to the other girls who share a similar drive and determination to excel, regardless of who they are or where they come from. I never let myself forget how lucky I am to learn in an environment as privileged and supportive as Seymour.
"I am a happier version of myself at Seymour"
What do you love about Seymour?
Every part of me is fulfilled at Seymour, where every interest has opportunities surrounding it. The leadership system is phenomenal, the STEM and GEM programs are detailed and interesting, the music sector is thriving and the sport teams across the board are increasing in skill level constantly and team bonding is at its finest. What else could you want?
I also absolutely love that there is no limit to what you can do, no task too challenging, and no number of co-curricular activities is too many. I am an all rounded person, meaning that this is exactly what I love! I thrive when life is at its busiest, but also when it is the most interesting, engaging and fun, the times when passion is driving me.
There is not a better environment for this than Seymour, and, even though I have been here for less than a year, I truly, completely, feel like a Seymour girl, and I could not be prouder.
What is your opinion of education in an all-girl environment?
The bonds I have formed in my rather short time here never fail to astound me. The girls are amazingly accepting and are a little like my second family; we study together, laugh together, eat together and grow together. We are all in this together, Black Watch sisters and proud wearers of the tartan, forming an unbreakable bond that is sure to extend beyond our final years at Seymour.
The atmosphere in an all-girls' environment is quite different, but it is so much better and beneficial to learning experiences. Every single one of my doubts surrounding the all-girls situation has proven to be completely pointless, and not at all a valid reason for hesitation.