This year our Class of 2002 are celebrating the 20 year anniversary of their graduation. Britt Salt, shares her story since graduating from the College.
What did you do after finishing Year 12?
After finishing Year 12, I went to study a Bachelor of Arts (Art) (First Class Honours) at Curtin University. I visited Melbourne a couple of times whilst studying and was overwhelmed with how welcoming and energetic the city felt, so with some exhibitions in the eastern states coming up, I decided to move to Melbourne in 2008. From here, I started volunteering and subsequently working at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and travelled to Japan and New York to start to get a taste of the world.
What are you up to now?
I an currently studying a Masters of Contemporary Art at VCA, University of Melbourne. I make my living as an Artist working on exhibitions, participating in local and international art residencies, delivering workshops and developing large scale public artworks in Australia and overseas.
Reflection on your time at Nagle
I am not gonna lie, high school was hard, so awkward and so lonely at times. I placed a lot of expectations on myself and tended to swing between trying to fit in and feeling completely out of place (but I think a lot of people feel this way at high school!). The teachers at Nagle were really supportive and I am very grateful for the opportunities I had to go on trips to Canberra and Perth as well as being allowed access to the Art rooms at lunchtimes!
Any advice for our students?
Now, I was not going to write a bunch of advice, but that is exactly what is it come out, so strap in...
· Do not try to be anyone but yourself (people know when you are faking).
· Successful people are those that stand on their own two feet and then look around to see how they can pull others up with them.
· No one is coming to discover you (sorry), get out there and make space for yourself.
· Collaboration and community are important, as is spending time on your own. Give it a go at least once.
· Ask for help when you need it.
· It is okay if things do not happen exactly how you thought they would, there are always other ways of getting to where you want to go, practice being open to alternatives.
· Be curious about the world and listen. The most interesting people never stop learning.
All the best for the current Year 12s!
Everybody has a story and we always love to hear from our Alumni, on where they are now and how they got there. Their achievements and challenges, their thoughts and observations, could serve as an inspiration to fellow Alumni, as well as current and prospective students.
To share your story, please complete the this form: Alumni: Share your story