Maddy Veivers is an Old Flinderian who graduated with the Flinders Class of 2016. She holds fond memories of her time at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, from her first day of Prep through to her final day of Year 12.
We asked her to share her journey through Flinders and beyond - studying law and finding a way to incorporate her passions for medicine and helping people.
Enjoy the read!
Maddy, what does life look like for you now?
I am a lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers and work in the medical law team. I am still lucky enough to live and work on the Sunshine Coast. During the week I am busy in the office and on the weekend you will find me at the beach or hanging out with friends and family.
What was your favourite Flinders moment?
I have so many favourite moments from Flinders but there is one that sticks out to me. On one of the last days of Year 12, all of the foundation students from 2004 walked to the Prep area and took a photo on the playground with our Prep teachers. It was such a nice moment to share together and made me feel really proud to be a Flinderian.
Do you have a particular role model from Flinders or now?
There are too many to choose from! So many of the teachers at Flinders were very dedicated to the students and really cared about bringing out the best in us all. Looking back, I will always remember Mrs Wendy Cook and how kind she was to everyone!
How ‘easy’ was it to decide what to do in life?
I always knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to help other people. I originally had my sights set on paramedicine but once I started legal studies it was an easy choice for me to study law. I am very lucky to be working in medical law, as I learn something new everyday and get to help make a difference in the lives of people who really need it.
Did your further study go exactly as you planned?
I always thought that I would worry about getting a job in the legal industry once I had finished my degree, but I ended up finding a role at a firm in my second year of university. Looking back, I am so grateful that I didn’t wait because by the time I finished university I already had a few years of experience under my belt and knew what areas I liked and disliked.
What advice do you have for current students?
My advice would be to get involved in as many opportunities as you can while at school as they can lead to some great experiences. I would also remind Year 12 students to really enjoy their final year and soak in all the fun moments. It can be hard to remember when the stress of Year 12 kicks in but some of my greatest memories were the fun moments from my final year.
Thanks Maddy, for sharing!