Fearless – Emma Rodgers

Year 12 graduate Emma Rodgers is planning to study a double degree in Arts/Law at the University of Melbourne or Monash University.

“My dream is to qualify for a one year studying abroad placement at Oxford University which is offered at Melbourne University Law School,” explains Emma.

Commencing at St Catherine’s 16 years ago, Emma represented St Catherine’s in the Debating Association of Victoria competition and was awarded best speaker on several occasions. She devoted her time to developing the skills of younger students as a Junior Debating Mentor and displayed exceptional leadership skills as Beaulieu Blair House Co-Captain and a member of the Student Executive Council. Emma received a Light Blue Performance Award for Debating and a Dark Blue Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in Unit 3 and 4 subjects.

Emma enjoyed Year 12 and said it was the highlight of her school years, “Although the work is tough and your boundaries are tested, your friendships really solidify and strengthen over this year.”

The greatest life lesson Emma learnt during her time at St Catherine’s was “Never underestimate your potential. To have complete confidence in your own abilities is daunting at times and equally it can be scary to set really high goals for yourself, for fear of not achieving them.”

Emma is grateful for the support and encouragement she received from her teachers over the years, “My teachers always pushed me to be my best and truly believed in me – more than I believed in myself at times, and this was invaluable for my success.”

When asked what advice she would offer future Year 12 students, Emma said, “Throw yourself wholeheartedly into your work and try to follow your passions. If you put passion into your studies it will show in your marks and no matter what the final outcome you will know more about yourself and where you want to go in the future.”

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