It was the winter of 2012. I was in my last year of university, sitting in class at the time, when the hard vibrations of my mobile phone shook the table and gave me quite the fright.
I had no idea my life would change after I answered that call. I was one of five lucky students selected from more than 200 applicants to land an internship for Fairfax Media. For me, it was a dream come true.
I can remember my first day like it was yesterday. As I walked into the office I was ready to tackle the day and prove to the team that I could – and I would – succeed in this ardent endeavour.
A few years later I was offered a role with Fairfax Media – Australasia’s leading media company – and from that moment I’ve never looked back.
A sense of community pride is one of many aspects Parramatta has to offer. Along the way I’ve met some amazing people, I’ve had the privilege to tell their stories and I’ve learnt invaluable lessons.
One of the highlights working as a journalist is building that personal connection with others – humans amaze me. It gives me great pride knowing complete strangers trust me enough to open up to me about important, and sometimes emotional, matters in their lives.
From the amazing performing talent at the Riverside Theatres, the launch of the Sydney Festival, Parramatta Lanes, the booming catapult of small businesses, bars and restaurants in the area and the heart-warming tales of refugees who fled their war-torn countries to call Parramatta home.
I’ve come to find the people are the true backbone of the community and you should never judge a book by its cover. I know it sounds cliche but it’s true.
I’ve been inspired by these bodies and their stories. I feel honoured and extremely humble to have been able to work with the people of Sydney’s second CBD. It will always be an eclectic, diverse neighbourhood full of interesting individuals with important stories to tell.
Thank you to all the community members who have shared their stories with me and for allowing me to re-tell their stories to the rest of the world.
Although the Sun won’t rise in the new year, I am sure the compelling stories will continue to be told.