Meet Old Flinderian Phoebe Perkins (Class of 2014)

We asked Phoebe to feature in our Beyond Flinders profile series. Phoebe has contributed so much to our College community as both a student and staff member. Her kind spirit and positivity shines through!

Please share your journey since graduating from Flinders. 

After graduating from Matthew Flinders Anglican College in 2014, I returned to the College the following year to work in the Performance Centre and Quarterdeck Café. It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of the Flinders community as a staff member. I absolutely loved seeing all the parents and teachers every day in the Café and making them smile with their morning coffee.

In 2019, I decided to make the big move to Sydney to finish my Bachelor of Communication Design degree. My job is with the University Torrens’ Billy Blue College of Design where I work as a design student mentor and research assistant. I was also fortunate to secure a position at Opal Health Care in the design and property team as a design and innovation co-ordinator.

What was a favourite moment at Flinders?

I have so many amazing moments from my time at Flinders. From my student days it would have to be the Graphics Exhibition that was held in the Performance Centre. After many hours spent in the graphics lab it was fulfilling to see my posters showcased on the wall. The exhibition captured the work I created during Senior School. Another favourite moment was the art trip to Melbourne. I loved visiting workshops and exhibitions the wonderful Ms Braithwaite had organised for us as an inspiring art trail.

Who was a role model at Flinders?

It's not possible to pick one inspirational figure from Flinders, however, I will never forget the staff farewell lunch at the end of 2020 when I was saying goodbye to everyone. I couldn’t hold back the tears. I was so grateful to everyone who had been a part of my life at Flinders during my time as a student and staff member.

How did you decide what career to pursue?

I always knew that I wanted to do something creative with my life. I grew up with two inspiring parents who were both making waves in the photographic and design industry. They definitely encouraged and influenced me to look into a creative career.

Did your further study go as planned?

After graduating, I chose to work full time as well as travel and study part time. So I feel that I have been lucky to have experienced the best of both worlds.

What advice do you have for current students?

Enjoy every moment! Especially in Year 12, you have so many magic moments that happen in that final year. I know it is hard not to stress about those all-important exams but don’t forget to enjoy your journey along the way.

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