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TESTIMONIALS

TAYLOR ROBINSON, Senior Tutor 2019
Studying Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance) at University of South Australia.
Why I stayed at College for my whole degree

I was part way through moving into college on my first day when I told my parents I would be staying here for my whole degree. My mum told me to slow down, there was no need to make such a big decision straight away, and how did I know I was even going to like it?

In less than a week, I had made a great group of friends, who four years later I am still very close to. College also made the transition to university that much easier as I did not need to worry about cooking or cleaning, everything was done for me. It was also located close to everything. North Adelaide is a beautiful area and I could catch a free bus to my Uni campus. Why would I want to leave?

At the end of my second year of college, the majority of my close friends were moving out. My mum asked me if I wanted to move out too, to be with my friends. I said no, it had always been my plan to stay for my entire four-year degree, as these were the only four years of my whole life I would have the chance to live at College.

I am so glad I stayed for four years. I have seen friends come and go, but we have stayed in touch, and I have always made new friends as we have new students entering College each year. My years spent at St Ann’s have been the best years of my life so far.

The advantages of being a Residential Tutor

During my first few years at College, tutorship is not something I considered. At the end of my first year I knew I wanted to be more involved in College life, so I campaigned for the role of treasurer on College Club, and lost.

I did not let this loss dishearten me. Still eager to be involved, I was voted onto the Open Show and Ball committees for my second and third years at College. Working with the teams to put on these events was an amazing experience and I had a lot of fun. Even during this time tutorship is something I did not even think to consider. It really wasn’t until later in my third year of College that I thought about becoming a tutor.

I have seen a lot of personal change and development throughout my time at College. The student who walked in here four years ago is a very different person to the graduate who will be leaving this year. I owe this to the experiences I have had at College, especially tutorship.

Being the Senior Tutor of St Ann’s College during my final year has been incredibly rewarding. It has also enabled me to develop many of the soft skills which are in high demand with employers today. My experiences at College equipped me with the skills I needed to land my dream graduate role with a big 4 accounting firm.

I will be forever grateful for my time spent at St Ann’s, and thankful for the opportunity to work with the most amazing tutor team. It is the highlight of my university experience.

ASHLEY HAMS, Chair St Ann’s Council
Studied Bachelor of Technology in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering at University of South Australia.
Resided in College 1990 to 1994; currently Chair of St Ann’s Council

My five years at St Ann’s were very influential on my life. The College provided me with a safe environment that was academically supportive, allowing me focus on my studies. Also, the leadership positions I held at College gave me a great foundation for dealing with people from all walks of life – something which has been essential in my career as a general manager of a large mining company. Just as importantly, I formed what have been lifelong friendships with people from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study. It was the start of a network of people I still reach out to even now. St Ann’s was a wonderful experience for me. I’m very thankful to have been part of it.

AYLIN ERGINBAS, Student
Aylin is a second year student studying Psychological Science at University of Adelaide. She’s from Wellington, New Zealand

Walking into St Ann’s College for the first time, I could really feel the community and connectedness of everyone. It was wonderfully homely and everyone was so supportive and helpful. It became my home away from home and helped me develop so many new friendships with people all around Australia. Academia is held in quite high regard, and it’s great to have such supportive academic tutors – people who are happy to help you with anything from studying to working through tough assignments. There is always something to do at college, whether it's a fun pub night, sports or college event. You’ll never find yourself feeling lonely!

MACKENZIE BRISTOW, Student
Mackenzie is a second year student studying Human Movement at UniSA. He’s from Renmark in South Australia’s Riverland.

Living at St Ann's has allowed me to meet some amazing people and form lifelong relationships. I couldn't imagine beginning my university journey anywhere else.

RENAE KRETSCHMER, Student
In 2018, Renae Kretschmer made the move from Wirrabara to St Ann’s College.She is studying Animal Science at the University of Adelaide. In 2018, Renae was awarded a Regional Science & Engineering Scholarship by the Playford Trust, which provided assistance with College fees, creating a smooth transition to Adelaide for her and the family.

“My move to Adelaide in 2018 was a challenge because of my big involvement in the family farm. The Playford Trust Scholarship, which was an honour to receive, gave me confidence that the move was the right decision, as finances had been a great concern. St Ann’s College and its welcoming community of people experiencing similar changes helped me adapt to a new lifestyle right from day one.”

SAMUEL ARTHURSON, Student
Samuel Arthurson is from the Barossa Valley. He completed his third year of civil and structural engineering at the University of Adelaide.

In early 2015, I was both nervous and excited for the transition from high school to university. Reflecting upon my tertiary education thus far, I can wholeheartedly say that residing at St Ann’s College was the greatest decision I have made to support me in this change. I still remember my first days living at college, where I was quite sick. The amount of care and support that so many new faces provided truly was wonderful, and since then living at St Ann’s has been eye-opening, exciting and naturally comfortable. It has provided ample opportunities that have enabled me to further develop my leadership and interpersonal skills. As someone who takes my education quite seriously, St Ann’s sustains my motivation and aspirations to strive for high academic success. More importantly, however, the greatest thing about college is that after the first week, you can sit back, reflect and realise that in the short space of just 7 days, you feel more than welcome into the “Ann’s Family” and have made over 100 friends who all come from different walks of life. Personally, I know that I have some of my lifelong best friends here, and for that I am eternally grateful.

TOM DE LA PERRELLE, Student
Thomas de la Perrelle completed his senior schooling at St Joseph’s School in Port Lincoln. Now in his second year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, Thomas was awarded the Chartwells/St Ann’s College/Playford Residential Scholarship.

I am extremely grateful to have been selected for this scholarship. It means a great deal to not only myself, but my family and extended family that I should be recognised in this way. Furthermore, this financial assistance will allow me to focus more heavily on my studies throughout this year, as well as tutorship at St Ann’s College. I am sure that this focus will hold me in good stead as I continue my Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and move into the workforce, and so I thank the College for choosing to invest in my future. On finishing my degree, I aim to work in the space industry, possibly at the orbital launch facility at Whaler’s Way on Eyre Peninsula.

XAVIER MONACELLA, Student
Xavier is a second year student studying Medicine at the University of Adelaide. He’s from Inverloch in Victoria.

St Ann’s College has been the perfect gateway for me, coming from regional Victoria into Adelaide without knowing anyone prior to my arrival. The College has helped every step of the transition, from introducing me to countless life-long friends to providing academic support in my studies from older year students. It has become my home away from home.

BRIE HAMERSLEY, Student
Brie is a fourth year student studying Mechanical and Sports Engineering at the University of Adelaide. She’s from Greenwich in New South Whales. Below is her speech from the 2019 Valedictory Dinner. 

When I first started at college, at no point did I think I would stay for the entirety of my degree, but it was the people like you all sitting here in front of me that made it impossible to leave then and even harder to leave now, 4 years later. When I first arrived at college, I had no idea what to expect, especially as I enrolled very late in the year and had never seen it before. Downsizing from Sydney to Adelaide, I was constantly being asked “Sydney? Why are you here?” and moving to a city I had never even visited before seemed like a good idea at the beginning until it became all too real and the night before I was definitely having second thoughts. My move in day was a little different too, I had to move in on the Saturday morning with most of the returning students as my mum needed to return home. There I was, sat in my 211 room, in a building where I didn’t know where the food was, in a city with no friends or family. Luckily, the tutors saw through my façade of confidence and collected me for a meal with the big kids. And it wasn’t long before I was calling College home, much to the displeasure of my mum, who now regrets joking about me moving to Adelaide. Now most of you probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out, that before I had organised accommodation, I had found and joined a soccer team. And for my first year, soccer took up a large portion of my life and was my priority. All that changed when I was luckily enough to be given the opportunity of tutorship, and I didn’t realise how lucky I was until I was deep in the thick of O’Week the next year and seeing everything that I had missed in my first year. In my time here, I have seen a lot of change. I have worked under 3 different senior tutors, experienced the pre-air-conditioned dining room, the building of the enterprise deck, the change of Principals, lived on 4 very different corridors and been to formal tea with over 400 different students. GFS was my first corridor and as far as I know it is still one of the busiest corridors around. I remember countless pub nights I’d made it to bed safety but would be kept awake by fellow collegians deciding a chat in the stairwell was a good idea. The next year and my first as a tutor, I had LGFS, and had what I definitely claim as the rowdiest bunch of first years I’ve ever seen. They provided quality entertainment, like each sitting in their rooms with the doors open having conversations across the corridor so as to not have too many students in a room. LAWW was a corridor that involved a majority of senior students; however, this opened the door for the best corridor party theme, 101 Dalmatians. This corridor helped strengthen the friendships I had developed in my first and second year and help form some new ones too. Moving to DRM Roma, I had initial reservations about how far away I would be from the kitchen however this year has changed my mind, and I can honestly say DRM Roma was the perfect corridor for my final year here and at uni. When I arrived, I came with a single suitcase and a fresh set of pillows. Now, I will be leaving with a lot more. Not just the exam notes and headbands I’ve collected, but the memories and friendships that I will look back on fondly in the future, remembering that time I decided moving to Adelaide would be funny and then having too much pride to not follow through. If there has been anything, I’ll be taking away from my time here better an oops than a what if. Thank you everyone for being a part of my home away from home and I will miss you all immensely. Love you all.