When Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) student Reid wants to know if his animation is good enough, he looks for a sense of childlike wonder on his audiences’ faces.
‘I get really proud when I see people have that happiness in their eyes, like I used to have when I was a child watching cartoons on Saturday morning.’
Reid has honed his skills working with hand-drawn and stop-motion setups in the University of Newcastle’s cutting-edge animation lab. And he was thrilled when his animated short, Food for Fraught, was screened at film festivals across the world.
He’s rounding out his portfolio with classes and work experiences in graphic design, including creating a stylised music video for Australian punk legends, The Living End.
Traditional animation may be a labour of love, but with every frame he draws, Reid sees a new chance to inspire and delight another person.
For Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Business (Leadership and Management) student Julia, entrepreneurship is a means to empowerment, and financial literacy is the foundation for a prosperous future.
As a recipient of the University of Newcastle’s iLead global leadership development scholarship, Julia had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Bandung, Indonesia. There, she coached a group of local women in social entrepreneurship skills, including accounting and business performance.
With the help of Julia and her colleagues, the women were able to start a business out of something they were already doing day to day and make enough money to fund a library for the local children — a moment Julia describes as one of the proudest in her life.
‘I can honestly say that was one of the most rewarding and emotional experiences of my life.’
Today, Julia works as an accountant, educating young people and giving them the skills to make the most of their money.
Primary Education student Maddison strives to realise the potential in every student she teaches.
Working with children across a wide spectrum of backgrounds — including Indigenous students, students with special needs, and mainstream students — Maddison found purpose in identifying and catering to their individual styles of learning.
‘I’m motivated with everything to do with teaching — the school environment, the opportunity to work with an incredible cohort of staff, creating my own learning space, but it always comes back to my future students.
‘They are the reason I’m working so hard to become the best teacher I possibly can, for them.’
For Maddison, the chance to make a lifelong impact on the next generation of students is the ultimate reward.