2023 Debating Awards. From left: Billie Ronis. Eujiny Cho, Olivia Stavrakis, Olivia Thompson and Grace Du.

International Blazer Recipient - Public Speaking
Humanities Captain

Representing Australia and PLC Sydney at WIDPSC had been a lifelong goal of mine since PLC Sydney first starting competing many years ago.

What is your fondest memory of your time at PLC Sydney?

It is incredibly hard to pinpoint a single moment but if I had to choose one, it would definitely be representing Australia and PLC Sydney at WIDPSC. It had been a lifelong goal of mine since PLC first starting competing many years ago when I was in the junior school and so the opportunity to not only compete, but to also travel to South Africa after two years of online competitions was incredible. The experience of travelling, learning more about the South African culture from our excursions while in Durban, as well as the ability to articulate issues that I am passionate about on a global stage are all things that I will remember for the rest of my life. Despite being over ten thousand kilometres from home, there is no denying the strong sense of community that I felt while competing, connecting with students from almost every continent on the globe who I still keep in contact with today.

If you could offer advice or a tip to someone about to do their final year, what would it be?

I don’t think that people talk nearly enough about how to manage completing major works alongside their other subjects and co-curricular activities. For that reason, my advice would be that the key to major works is to be well organised and well connected. For me, this has been minimised by breaking up the major work into goals that I want to achieve each week, keeping me on track while also boosting morale when times are rough. Furthermore, my teachers and peers have been integral to overcoming these periods, offering solutions that I had not thought of and keeping things in perspective.

Secondly, in terms of studying, I would always advise to start longer periods of study with a subject that you really enjoy for 10-20 minutes in order to increase motivation for the rest of the study. For me, this subject has been textiles. Spending fifteen minutes on one of my sketches or analysis of fabrics at the start gives me a creative boost and motivation that is sustained throughout, helping me tackle harder subjects like Latin with a better mindset and greater productivity.


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