Barely six years after finishing Year 12 at Marian Catholic College, Melinda Foschi is back – this time as a teacher.
Miss Foschi, 24, faces the unusual situation of having some of her old classmates’ siblings under her tutelage, after escaping Canberra’s cold to return to her beloved Griffith.
She studied teaching at the University of Canberra, and has come home after acing her studies to teach business studies, commerce and physical education classes for students ranging from Years 7 to 12.
“I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to take what I learned and put it back in my community,” she said.
Miss Foschi’s key piece of advice to her students is for them to focus on what they really want, early in high school.
“I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was in Year 7,” Miss Foschi said, who added she saw a lot of students chopping and changing throughout university.
She also thinks it’s very important for students to focus on self-care.
“My passion is mental health and student well-being. I think it’s crucial.”
While Canberra bureaucrats have been resistant about moving to country areas like Griffith, Melinda didn’t hesitate about relocating in the other direction when admitted to University.
“It was a great learning experience. The winters were tough, but it’s a good first step for someone from Griffith.”
She recommends Year 12 take the plunge, and explore what’s available.
“There are a lot of scholarships and assistance out there that people don’t know about.”