Meet our Year 12 Sustainability and Environment Student Leader for 2021 – Aubree Yalung, otherwise known as Missy.
If you had to name one positive thing/moment you’ll remember about your time at Killester what would it be?
A recent and dear memory I remember about my time at Killester was during my Year 12 Retreat. On Trivia Night, our year level gathered into groups and tried earning as many points by answering the most questions correctly. Everyone was singing along, smiling and laughing, and you could just feel all of the excitement and joy. It made me realise how close the cohort actually is and it was a great moment to just forget about all the stresses ahead in Year 12.
We all have a favourite book, what’s yours and what do you love about it?
My fellow peers will shake their heads if they ever read this, but my favourite book would have to be Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. We had to study it for Year 11 English, and I absolutely adored that book. Misconceptions and enemies to lovers? I’m all for it. Another favourite book of mine is called “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin. It was originally in Chinese but I listened to the translated English audiobook. It’s brain-numbing in the best ways possible and just absolutely genius. There’s a ton of physics jargon in it too, so I just nod along when I hear them and pretend I know what they’re talking about.
The show ‘Friends’ is noted as one of the most binge-watched program of all time. Do you have a TV series you love?
Bringing my love for “Pride and Prejudice” back; my favourite series has to be the 1995 BBC mini-series of the said book. Most people tell me that Mr Darcy isn’t as handsome as they expected, but I think Colin Firth is endearing in the role. My favourite episode would have to be the third, purely because it contains the first proposal scene. I have the entire dialogue memorised, that’s how obsessed I am. I’m also a child at heart so another series I enjoy watching is an animated one called “Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug & Cat Noir”. I can write a whole essay about why I love that show and it’s impossible for me to choose a favourite episode, so I think I’ll end it here for now.
Most people can’t stand doing the dishes, what’s your least favourite chore?
Mowing the lawn! It’s my least favourite chore. I don’t have to do it as often as washing the dishes for obvious reasons, but I try to avoid it as much as possible.
What is your favourite subject and why?
As of writing, I think I’m enjoying my subjects equally. They all have their pros and cons. If I really did have to choose one though, I’m leaning a little more towards art. The freedom for creativity really appeals to me and I use drawing as a stress reliever, so the practical aspect is a win-win situation for me to some extent. It’s a fun subject overall.
If you could meet any current or historic figure who would you meet and why?
I think I would have liked to meet Margaret Hamilton. Her work as a computer scientist, and code which helped to land men on the moon is just so inspiring. Especially as a woman working in that field during that time, it’s a major accomplishment that I look up to.
A lot of people look up to their parents, do you have someone you look up to (it doesn’t have to be someone you know)?
While I do look up to my family, the immediate person that came into my mind was Elon Musk. I love that his ideas are beyond himself, and benefit everyone and our planet and beyond. His determination and hard work to make his dreams a reality is admirable. He’s truly an inspiration to never give up even when people don’t believe in your ideas.
If you could send a message back in time to yourself at the start of Year 7, what would you say?
If I could send a message to myself in Year 7, I would tell them to take as many opportunities given to them as possible. It’s a great way to really engage with the Killester community, and an even better way to create friends.
What is the thing you love the most about Killester College?
As stated previously, Killester offers so many opportunities for us young women, and at least one caters to our interests. Not only this, but the community is incredibly hospitable and approachable.
Do you have any idea what career you’d like to pursue? If so – how do you plan to pursue this career?
This is something I’ve thought about a lot, especially being in my final high school year. I’ve gone through many phases of what jobs I’d love to do, from an ambitious astronaut to a 3D animator working for Disney. Name a course and I’ve probably thought about pursuing it. As of now, I would love to be a web developer, coding and designing websites. It would also be a dream of mine to be able to draw webcomics alongside that. It’s a little early to say how I would pursue the former— I’ll wait for the ATAR and see, but as for the latter, I’ll begin by thinking of a story to draw.
What has Killester taught you about the meaning of life?
To be and to act more. Life is about giving as much as it is about receiving, and paying it forward. Actions, no matter how small, have an impact on our lives. Another lesson that I’ve learned from my time in Killester is to just go for it and give it a chance! Do it or you might regret it.
Do you have any advice/words of wisdom for the Killester girls?
Don’t be so harsh on yourself! As long as you did your best and put in the effort, then that’s all that matters.
Is there anything else you would like to tell the Killester community?
Smile and be kind to one another!