Hey there! My name is Kelli and I attended Marrara/NT Christian College from Pre-school right through to Year 12. Throughout this time, I had the privilege of making many great friends and being taught by some top-quality teachers. Both played a significant role in shaping the person I am today and the path I chose to take after leaving school.

Still uncertain about a specific career path after graduation, I moved to Brisbane to study Business Management at the University of Queensland. After a year, I realised this wasn’t for me so I thought back to what I enjoyed most during school and what I was passionate about.

Looking back on my past assignments, a theme emerged and I realised that I wanted to study something that would challenge me creatively. During my brief art studies at school I realised that I was very interested in the creation and atmospheric qualities of spaces. This led me to study Interior Design at the Queensland University of Technology. Although not a traditional career path, studying interior design has highlighted to me the incredible importance of following your passions.

It has challenged and pushed me in ways I never thought possible. My amazing university tutors are creatives with open minds and a passion for innovation. They encouraged me to expand my thinking both with my designs and future career opportunities. So much so, that I decided to embark on an international exchange to England to study Interior Architecture for a 6-month semester. I’m currently writing this to you all the way from Oxford! One of the most historically famous cities in the world known for being a thriving university student hub. It’s also one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cities you will ever see.

I never imagined that I would be lucky enough to be where I am right now doing what I love. Every day feels like I’m living in a film. The architecture is beautiful, the people I’ve met along the way are incredible and God is a good God; always. I thank Him repeatedly for the opportunities, experiences and mentors He’s blessed me with throughout my journey so far.

I’m so thankful to both the staff and students of Marrara/NT Christian College for making learning a privilege not an obligation, encouraging me to be motivated solely by what brings me true joy and above all else, for nourishing and encouraging my relationship with God for which I’m eternally thankful.