SAFIJE JEMALI - SOCIAL JUSTICE CAPTAIN
When did you start your studies at Doncaster Secondary College?
I started my studies in 2013.
Tell us a bit about your family.
My immediate family consists of my mum, dad, sister and me, plus a very large extended family. I am super close with all of my family, both in Australia and overseas. We are very loud and slightly crazy but we all love each other a lot. I don’t have any pets but my nieces and nephews fill that void in my life having to always look after them.
Tell us about some of your interests.
My biggest interest is high-performance cars and motorsport which I got into through my dad and uncles. While it is an interest not many other girls are into, I have had the privilege of making many good friends outside of school and well as it giving me a good avenue to take a break from school occasionally and do something different. I am also passionate about travelling and have already travelled through parts of Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia, also catching the travel bug from my parents, as well recently getting into photography and testing my abilities to take the best image possible.
Year 12 Studies:
- Maths Methods
What have you been involved in throughout your school years?
I have been involved in many events and projects throughout my 6 years at this school.
- I have been heavily involved in Music, playing the flute in addition to being a member of many bands as well as Vocal Ensemble,
- I have represented the school in Volleyball, Netball and Softball competitions in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
- I was part of the Lead 2 Sustain program in years 7 & 8, which consisted of a group of students creating and preparing sessions for primary school, students to teach them about sustainability and how important is it to preserve the environment
- I participated in the Production in Year 10, in which I lead and coordinated the dance squad and assisted with rehearsals, as well as helping out backstage on the nights of the performance with costume, hair & makeup and the stage
- I am a technician for the Performance Centre, coordinating many presentations and assemblies for all year levels
- I am the College’s only student in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program Class of 2018 at the University of Melbourne
What gave you the confidence to apply for this role?
I have always been passionate about human rights and making a difference for the better in the world, so while the possibility of becoming an SRC Captain is not quite the same as delivering emergency medical aid to war-stricken areas of Iraq or Syria, for me it still held the same core values of compassion, empathy, kindness and selflessness, which can be applied in so many areas of life that can make the world a much better place
What advice would you give to those students who aspire to be future leaders?
My number one piece of advice to anyone who wants to become a leader, either at school or in life, is to be unapologetically you. Stand up for what you believe in. Being a leader sometimes involves making difficult and unpleasant decisions, but those who hold true to their values and what is right will always end up making the best decision for everyone
I CAN AND I WILL
What does this mean to you?
“I Can and I Will’ means so much more to me that determination to achieve academically, to me it means that no matter what the goal is, you will be determined, focused and driven to achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve. It’s believing in yourself even when the goal sounds ludicrous or out of reach to others, and feeling the deep satisfaction when you finally achieve it.
I am living by this statement this year by continually reminding myself that my goals are not impossible and that I will achieve them, even when I’m overwhelmed and questioning if I can achieve my goals.
What are your goals for 2018:
For yourself personally and as a Year 12 student?
My goals for 2018 are to broaden my horizons and to try as many completely new things as possible, to make the largest possible positive difference at school, to be accepted into my top preferred university course for next year and
What are your long-term life ambitions and aspirations?
I would like to be remembered as an ordinary student who cared a great deal about the other students she saw every day, and who voluntarily worked in her own time to make their school life as comfortable, fun and positive as possible, and I hope that when I leave at the end of this year, someone else with a big heart will continue to do this for all students in future years
What would you like your legacy to be for Doncaster Secondary College?
I have pride in DSC because I’m proud of every single student in it, no matter their grades, how popular they are, which subjects they take, or where they want to go. School can become a struggle sometimes and yet everyone still buckles down and tries their hardest, and that to me is what counts the most.