Carmen is PSC’s wonderful communications and students coordinator. She started working at PSC ten years ago this week and has a sea of experiences and memories to reflect on. Carmen is a major pillar of support for students in their academic and life matters, and is also a patron of the work produced at PSC having taken the opportunity to purchase many pieces of work created by students at our exhibitions. Here are some words about her past ten years at the college:
“One of the highlights of working at PSC is the joy of students discovering their passion for photography and excelling in it. To see a student start the course with relatively no photography skills, to push through and gain confidence, to persevere and succeed – it’s such a privilege to share that journey with them. I’ve learnt that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams, thanks to working with our part time students. When I see them reaping the rewards of their hard work, it reinforces how important it is to follow your passion and do what you love.
I started at PSC as a temp filling in at reception, within the fortnight I was a full time employee and soon after moved into the front of house supervisor and director’s p.a role. After a vacancy came up with a staff member going on maternity leave, I moved departments into the role of student relations officer. After about 2 years in this position, I was appointed into my current role of communications and students coordinator.
When I started at PSC we were still using analogue processes and darkrooms. I’ve been here during the transition from analogue to digital photography and witnessed the constant evolution at PSC as technology continues to develop. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the successes that the students and college has had, especially in the recent years with the consecutive industry accolades. There has been a growing number of award winning students as we’ve become a nationally recognised success story. My prediction is to watch this space as PSC and our students become an international success story! I’ve met many inspiring people, artists and photographers through PSC and made such wonderful friendships that I now treasure.
I’ve learnt so much from my mentors here, especially my director, and I’ve been able to collect a plethora of fond memories and experiences through all the fun times we’ve had amongst the students and staff. My final comment would be to quote Earl Nightingale – “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” That’s so true!”
Feel free to have a chat with Carmen whenever you’re around our campus. Learn more about part time studies here.