To mark International Women's Day this year we are celebrating some of the professional and academic staff who make our College a world-leading institution for research and teaching on Asia and the Pacific.
In this piece, we chat to Suzy Andrew, Education Services Manager at CAP.
What inspired you to get into area of work?
It’s in the blood! My dad was a Uni administrator, and I used to hang out at work with him, usually picking flowers in the Vice Chancellor’s garden and helping shred confidential documents. When I was little, all I wanted to do when I grew up was go to university. Once I went, I never left!
Who is a woman you look up to?
Personally, my grandmother. In 1949, at the age of 21, she escaped Communist Czechoslovakia, eloping with my grandfather on the first boat out (they had two weddings, as the first one on the ship officiated by the captain was deemed legally non-binding). She arrived in Australia with no English, and only a small suitcase of belongings. She settled in Sydney, had a family and became a nurse. In 1999, she was posthumously awarded her medical degree from Charles University for which she was studying when she fled the country. I cannot imagine the temerity required to make such a life changing decision at such a young age. Luckily for me, I have certainly inherited her stubborn streak.
Culturally, Mary Shelley. She was 19 when she wrote the best gothic horror romantic sci-fi story ever…on a dare!
What motivates you?
I want to make things happen for people. We deal with students every day who have dreams for their futures. I am in a position where I can help them to achieve their goals by making their interaction with the College as easy and understandable as possible.
What are you most proud of?
That’s easy. My boys!
What’s your advice to your younger self about choosing the right path and juggling life’s different demands?
Gosh, loads of things. First of all, I don’t think there is a wrong path. I think that Frost was onto something…sometimes either of two options would suffice, but taking a risk can certainly lead to things that you never dreamed of. That said; nothing is forever. Enjoy the journey. Be excellent to each other. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen.