Class of 2022: Ella Jakobovits
What have been the highlights of your time at St Catherine’s?
The Year 9 Heyington to Highlands Program. I still read my journal every so often and hold so many fond memories of the trip. I learnt a lot about myself and definitely consider it a life changing experience.
What co-curricular activities were you involved in?
Throughout my time at St Catherine’s, I tried as many co-curricular’s as possible. I was involved in GSV almost every term from Year 7. In Year 9 I was a part of the Rowing Program. In Year 7 I was on the GSV Cross Country Team. I also participated in Community Service activities when the opportunity arose.
What were your favourite subjects?
My favourite subjects in my VCE years were English and Accounting, as well as Maths Methods in Year 12.
What do you plan to study post School?
Ideally, I hope to study a double degree in Commerce and Media and Communications at either the University of New South Wales or Monash University.
What lead you to selecting this career pathway?
I have always known that I wanted to go in the direction of Business/Commerce. When it came to researching courses at the end of Year 11, I discovered Media and Communications which will allow me to study a more practical and hands on subject, opening many new pathways. Both are very broad areas of study which I think can be helpful to assist me in figuring out what career pathway I actually want to go down.
How has St Catherine’s assisted you in making your study and career choices?
In Years 7 and 8 we are enrolled in subjects from all different areas which allows us to really discover what our strengths and interests are for when we can select our subjects in the later Year levels.
Where do you hope to study?
University of New South Wales, Monash University or Melbourne University
What do you see yourself doing in five years’ time?
I see myself having just finished my undergraduate degree and moving overseas, ideally to the UK and potentially studying a postgraduate degree.
How do you believe St Catherine’s and your teachers have helped you reach your goals?
St Catherine’s has the most supportive teachers which during the course of Year 12, you gain a bond with them unlike any other Year. The consistent support and encouragement from my teachers have certainly pushed me to do my best and achieve my goals – not only for myself but for them, wanting to make them proud.
In 2022, the Year 12 theme was Emerge. What does this mean to you?
This year was the first full year we have had on campus since 2019. To me, Emerge means emerging from the lockdown, and not only just rising above the muddy waters of COVID, but flourishing in our newfound freedom. To emerge stronger than we were before and to overcome the challenges that we faced with Integrity and Perseverance.
What advice would you provide to future Year 12 students?
The best thing that you can do is to try your best. As long as you are happy with yourself, no one can tell you that you weren’t successful. Block out all the noise and surround yourself with people who are going to lift you up, not tear you down and try to get competitive.
What do the School Values mean to you? How do you exhibit them?
To me the School Values emulate the St Catherine’s girl. A girl who is aware and courteous of those around her. A girl who tries her best and applies herself in every aspect of her schooling and life. A girl who is confident within herself.