Daphane Ng

2011 graduate Daphane Ng works in the International Digital Marketing team at Deakin University. She shared her account of life after Elwood College during our 2016 Open Night presentation.

It’s been four years since I finished Year 12 and I always look back at my time at Elwood College with fond memories.

My life has taken on so many directions since then. After Year 12, I went to Melbourne University and I studied a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology. I had my heart set on being a scientist but it all changed when I created a blog at the end of my first year called Unimelb Adventures. It’s a blog where students share their university experiences and tips to assist new students. It became famous overnight and quickly became the university’s largest student-run content hub – and that’s how I got a job in Melbourne University’s Marketing team. This marked the beginning of my new career in Marketing.

I now work at Deakin University in the International Digital Marketing team and I get to do some really cool things in my job like getting paid to play on Facebook all day, producing fun videos, photographing events, and so much more!

Everything has been one big adventure since high school and I never thought I’d be where I am today.

There were so many skills that I learnt from my time at Elwood which has helped me out in the real world. Elwood is such a multicultural school and the ability to interact with a diverse mix of people is so crucial. In my job, I work with students and staff from all over the world – from Nigeria, Pakistan, even the Netherlands – and my experience at Elwood was advantageous when working with people from different countries. I also learnt how to work independently, to think critically, and to use my initiative – all important skills that are transferable across life.

There are so many things I love about Elwood. I loved being on stage directing our house performing arts. I loved playing in the band for school musicals. And I loved going on school campus. You’ll never get bored here.

But the one thing that stands out is how supportive all the staff are here. They will always be there if you need help, they’ll stay back after school to go through that essay you wrote with your tears, they will be your shoulder to cry on when it all gets too much. To this day, I still catch up with all my teachers. They’re still so supportive of me even after I’ve graduated from Elwood – and it means a lot. I really couldn’t be where I am today without all the support from the staff here.