Annie Sterling

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Annie Sterling

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High school attended: Immanuel Lutheran College

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Target graduation date: 2019

My journey: After finishing high school, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I was an avid dancer and musician with an innate passion for the arts but no real direction or drive to enter the industry. I wanted to take a gap year to work, dance and assess my options but my parents convinced me to jump into a degree at USC to keep my mind active while I decided. I chose to study Drama and haven’t looked back since.

Since starting my program, I have been able to perform, co-write, choreograph and occasionally direct a wide range of USC student productions. Now in my third year, I have been lucky enough to act in professional productions and gain work as a local choreographer and musician. I have also been employed by an internationally renowned theatre company to teach physical theatre in schools and have completed an internship as a simulation patient actor for USC nursing students.

Career aspirations: In the ideal world, after graduating from my program, I’d like to gain experience in the arts industry and eventually come back to teach at university. But, who knows, the world is my oyster and I can’t wait to see where it takes me

Why did you become an Ambassador? A friend told me about the opportunity and I was instantly excited. Throughout my degree, I have experienced so many moments of gratitude towards USC and to have a platform to express that gratitude and give back to such an inspiring community means a lot to me. I also thought it would be an excellent way to raise the profile of the creative programs offered at USC.

What do you like about USC?

What I love about USC:

  • Despite being in an industry that often drives people mad, so many of the students and staff in my program have been incredibly patient, understanding and encouraging
  • Studying in a place where the people are as friendly as the landscape is beautiful
  • Being in a class where the tutor has taken the time to know me, to know what I want to get out of my degree and does all they can to get me there
  • The connection I have developed to this place; to the people, the landscape and the atmosphere

Being at the forefront of a program means that I’m not only involved in the crucial turning points and innovations of my program but the evolving arts culture of the Sunshine Coast as whole.

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