Past SJFC Vice Captain Inspires Students with Remarkable Academic Journey & Success at Bond University

Caitlyn Douglas (4).jpgSt. John's Fisher College (SJFC) takes immense pride in celebrating the achievements of one of its distinguished alumni, Caitlyn Douglas, who graduated as Vice Captain in 2021.

Caitlyn's journey serves as an inspiration to current and future students, as she proves that hard work and dedication can lead to incredible accomplishments, even for those who may not believe they possess natural academic talent.

Durng her senior years at SJFC, Caitlyn Douglas demonstrated her commitment to excellence by actively participating in various extracurricular activities, including competing in the Lions Club Youth Public Speaking Competition. It was during this competition that Caitlyn's potential was recognised by a judge, who encouraged her to apply for a from Bond University scholarship, which is contingent upon achieving an excellent ATAR result.

"I didn't consider myself naturally gifted, but I knew that with determination and hard work, I could achieve great things," Caitlyn said when reflecting on her high school journey.

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True to her words, Caitlyn devoted herself to her studies and achieved outstanding ATAR results, paving the way for her to receive an scholarship valued at more than $80,000 at Bond University, where she embarked on her journey to study law.

Recently, Caitlyn returned to SJFC assembly, recounting her experience representing Australia in the 'The 2023 White & Case Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition' in Washington DC in the United States.

Impressively, her Bond University team secured 21st position and was recognised for placing within the top 32 among more than 700 other law schools from 100 jurisdictions, and outperforming even the prestigious Harvard Law School.

Caitlyn had invaluable advice for the current students of SJFC, sharing three essential tips for success.

"Work hard, because nothing worth having comes easy; be passionate about what you do; and have compassion for yourself and others."

Acting College Principal Britt Gurnett expressed her pride and admiration for Caitlyn's accomplishments.

"Caitlyn's journey exemplifies the spirit of determination and resilience that we instill in our students at SJFC," Ms Gurnett said.

“Her success in the face of challenges is a testament to the power of perseverance and self-belief."

“Caitlyn's story is inspirational, reminding current students that they too can achieve greatness with hard work, passion, and compassion.

“Our college prides itself on nurturing academic excellence and personal growth in its students.

“With a focus on providing a supportive environment and comprehensive education, SJFC empowers students to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on the world."

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