A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Annabel de Boer

Graduated 2014

Career journey/pathway since graduation?

This past year I have been living and working in the UK at a Preparatory school. An average day for me over here consists of:  waking up the boarders, supervising breakfast, life guarding swimming lessons in the mornings, assisting in Maths and Art classes throughout the day, coaching my hockey team and running an afterschool activity in the afternoon, and then finally dinner and bedtime routines in the evenings. It is hard work, but doesn’t go unrewarded. This year I have travelled all over the world during the holidays, visiting 13 different countries throughout my time here. There is so much that the world can teach you, just from exploring it. Being here has not only pushed me out of my comfort zone, but taught me more about the world than I could have ever imagined. I do intend on furthering my education; I believe expanding your knowledge is one of the best things a person can do for themselves. I will be studying Primary Education at Queensland University and Technology.

In what way did A.B.Paterson College support this journey?

A.B. Paterson College taught me that I had to work hard for what I got, every result, every accomplishment; nothing was just handed to me. I believe that is the most important thing a young person needs to learn when they are in school, because hard work pays off. Without the supportive push from my teachers, I would never have been ready for what I faced this year. What you learn in school is not just relevant in an educational sense, it prepares you the best it can for the working world.

A vivid memory of on aspect of your time at the College that has stayed with you?

A memory that will forever come to mind when I think of the College is my final year. I loved the sense of power I felt when we were all working together, whether it was fundraising, sports carnivals, or just the silence sitting in the MPC finishing our final exam for the year. I knew from these experiences that I wanted to make a difference and that this could be accomplished by working hard in a team and individually.

Personal Comment

Since graduating school I feel like I have woken up; my mind has been opened to so many other opportunities and I believe this is exactly what A.B. Paterson College represents. People can get into the habit of being so focused on the finish line, that they forget why they even started running the race in the first place. Take advantage of everything that comes your way, you have no idea when you will get the chance again.