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Interview with Catherine Owen

Throw yourself in to every new experience possible, you won't regret it!
Class of 2001
Class of 2001

WM: What impact did AISB have on your life?


I absolutely loved the four years I spent living in Romania, it was unlike any other experience. I will always have fond memories of the friends I made, the teachers who supported me and theexperiences AISB gave me. The confidence itinstilled in me has enabled me to live every day to the full and to constantly challenge myself. Ihope one day I’ll be able to visit again.


WM: What did you do after graduating AISB?


I returned to Brisbane, Australia and com- menced a Dual Degree in Law and Business at the Queensland University of Technology. Aftermy first semester I realized Law wasn’t for me,so I dropped the Law component and continued with Business, graduating with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources in 2005.

I then worked for three years for Tourism Queensland in a variety of roles including a Travel Consultant and HR Coordinator. I then decided to pack my bags and head to Canada for a working ski holiday in Lake Louise. I spent 5 months snowboarding and making sandwiches for $8 an hour! It was an amazing experience until I broke my leg in the last week of my trip!


After recovering from two operations and six months on crutches I moved to Melbourne and have been here for the past 3 years. I am cur- rently planning four months of travelling com- mencing in August... I will be taking 4 months of unpaid leave from my job and travelling to 11 countries, most of which have been on my list of places to visit for the last 10 years.

WM: Do you have memories about a specificteacher or special moments at AISB?

I have very fond memories of Mr. Copeland who was my French teacher – he was always so pa- tient and supportive! I wish I could say that 10 years later I was able to speak fluently but sadly I’m not quite there, however I will be spending 3 weeks at Alliance Francais in Paris studying French in October!


WM: Where do you live and what are you doing now?


I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have lived here for the past 3 years and I love it. I work forMercy Health, which is a non-profit Catholichealth organization. I work in Human Resources as Group Diversity Advisor, which involves a lot of project work on value add initiatives for our employees. I am also currently completing my Masters of Human Resource Management part time.


WM: What would you like to tell our current students?


Throw yourself in to every new experience pos-sible, you won’t regret it!


WM: What would you like to say to our alumni?


Last year it was 10 years since I graduated fromAISB, so I’d like to say a big hello to the class of2001! We may not all keep in close contact butI have very fond memories and I’ll continue tostalk you all on Facebook to keep up to date onwhat’s happening in your lives!


Do you think you’ll be able to come for the 50thAnniversary Celebrations September 1 - 2, 2012?


I would love to be able to go to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations however I will be in Athens as part of my four month travelling adventure sounfortunately I won’t be able to make it.

Read the entire WORLD Magazine Summer 2012 edition here.



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