3 questions for 5 former students

We gave 5 former students 3 questions. Scroll down to read their replies.

Those 5 are:

Amanda Everitt – FR 1

Jenny Nilsson – FR 4

Petter Noddeland – FR 5

Stéphanie Floux – FR 7

Drisana Levitze-Gray – FR 8

 

Amanda Everitt pic 2012 (Amanda today)

Amanda Everitt,

Age 31 – FR1
Country: New Zealand
I have a Masters in Online Education

I am a Learning Technology and Education consultant
See my website at www.playbyeye.com

1. Why did you want to join Frontrunners Course?

I was in law school but my arguments were missing an important element. How could I explain the deaf experience to people? How could I create a story about what it means to be deaf in today’s world? Frontrunners seemed to be the perfect course to get more practical experience. I went. I learnt so much.

  1. What was your best experience during the Frontrunners Course?

There were so many highlights I could not possibly choose one! But I loved thinking, arguing and laughing with the 11 other Frontrunners from 10 different countries. It was an incredible fusion of countries and culture.

  1. What are the benefits from Frontrunners Course to your career path as a student, or your business/work and your work for organisation work?

Frontrunners helped me with my media and website skills. I was able to learn how to write blogs, to edit videos and write good news copy. I was able to polish up my presentation skills in front of a camera and a live audience. I also was able to apply many of the topical issues discussed during Frontrunners to my professional life after Frontrunners. In all, I gained many important skills for my working life.I have attached one picture of me in Frontrunners and one picture of me now.

nilsson     (Jenny and Ban Ki-Moon)

 Jenny Nilsson

FR 4

  1. Why did you want to join Frontrunners Course?

I wanted to live and have fun in an international environment and Frontrunners looked exciting with awesome course program. I also wanted to develop my leadership and discussion skills to use in my future work.

  1. What was your best experience during the Frontrunners Course?

My best experience was my fellow Frontrunners mates, we became close friends, had a lot of fun together and I loved how we exchanged our experiences in a deaf space. All of us were interested to make a difference and to change the world. Through this I improved my leadership and discussion skills very much.

  1. What are the benefits from Frontrunners Course to your career path as a student, or your business/work and your work for organisation work?

Frontrunners gave me determination to continue in my interest in the international political system, I attended university studies in politic science and international relations. This path had lead me to further studies in human rights. I have been working at the UN in Geneva and undertook an internship at Human Rights Watch in New York. I also became president of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section where my network and knowledge about how to work in an international environment were an huge benefit.

 

 

 

 

Petter 2009  (Petter 2009)

Petter Noddeland

Age 24 – Fr5

Work: My own company

Studies: Bachelor in Entrepreneurship and Business.

Organisation work: Board member of the Oslo Deaf Association

 

  1. Why did you want to join Frontrunners Course?

I wanted to learn and see about the world outside my own country and learn more about Deaf culture and Deaf life.

  1. What was your best experience during the Frontrunners Course?

All the people I’ve met and everything I’ve learned. Plus, I met my wife in Frontrunners!

  1. What are the benefits from Frontrunners Course to your career path as a student, or your business/work and your work for organisation work?

I have learned a lot about cooperation across cultures and different backgrounds. I learned a lot about Deaf culture and Deaf life that helped to make me more confident in myself.

 

 

 

Steffy2012S (Steffy 2011)

Stéphanie Floux

Age 27 – FR 7

Co-founder and President of an association “AccesVisuel” in France

 

  1. Why did you want to join Frontrunners Course?

To discover and understand more about the Deaf Culture, to catch some new energy and new ideas for the future to become a leader in the Deafblind world.

  1. What was your best experience during the Frontrunners Course?

Firstly, the lecture by Ramas Rentelis with the subject about Grassroot. This subject gave me the impact and has raised me the importance of keeping the link between associations and public, it made me easier to manage my limits in the Deafblind world. Secondly, in the free time during the Frontrunners 7, I met the former president of FDDB (Foreningen Danske DøvBlinde, a national Deafblind association of Denmark) and it made me to take a step forward in the recognition of the Deafblind identity! Therefore, I want to thank Kirsten Malmbak! Thirdly but not least, during my FR time I met Timothy Rowies who became the father of my babygirl Arwen! Thank you for this beautiful destiny, Frontrunners.

  1. What are the benefits from Frontrunners Course to your career path as a student, or your business/work and your work for organisation work?

I’ve gotten many benefits offered by Frontrunners. It made me to establish a own network which allowed me to work for the Festival Clin d’Oeil 2013, to find the energy to establish an association “AccesVisuel” which provide different service for Deafblind and their accessibility in France like training in tactile sign language, Deafblind’s accessibility consultant and giving lectures and workshops, and to act and get involved in JSF (Jeunes Sourds de France, a national Deaf youth association of France under FNSF) where I was secretary for 2 years.

 

 

 

Drisana 2 (Drisana today)

Drisana Levitzke-Gray

Age 22 – FR 8

Studying: Diploma of Interpreting. (to become Deaf Interpreter)

Work: Deaf Sector Community Networking Officer for the National Relay Service

Organisational Work: Board member of WAAD (Western Australian Association of the Deaf) since I was 16 (6 years now) and also sub committee for APN (Auslan Professionals Network) organise presentations in Auslan once a month.

Became Young Australian of the Year in January 2015 (as 21 years old)

 

1. Why did you want to join Frontrunners Course?

I’ve always been active in the Deaf Community in Australia and after representing Australia at 2 WFDYS Camps (2009, 2011) I wanted to join Frontrunners to learn new skills relating to Leadership, Communication and to learn about Deaf-related topics such as Deaf History, Deaf Culture. Importantly it was for me to learn about who I was and what I want to be which turned out to be a passionate advocate for human rights of Deaf people.

  1. What was your best experience during the Frontrunners Course?

The best experience would have to be studying and learning with other Deaf youth peers from all over the world and to also have 3 Deaf teachers (from 3 different countries) to work and to learn from. Having that mutual understanding helped me to learn and to grow rapidly during my time in Frontrunners.

  1. What are the benefits from Frontrunners Course to your career path as a student, or your business/work and your work for organisation work?

Frontrunners has helped me in finding out who I am and what I want to do with my life, It also helped develop the skills I needed to become an active leader and advocate for the Deaf Community. I learned how to talk and to negotiate with people especially those in government and managerial positions to advocate on behalf of the Deaf community. With the voluntary advocacy that I’ve done, I was awarded as the Western Australian Young Australian of the Year and then in January 2015, became the Young Australian of the Year which is a massive honour and it is all thanks to my time at Frontrunners! :)