Keeping the Faith – Adrian Gepp’s Story
“We’re all in it together”
Recently we had a chat with former Faith student Adrian Gepp about life after school. Now located on the Gold Coast and working for Bond University, Adrian shared with us his post-school pathway.
From study in Japan, to graduating from university at age 19, to an impressive stint on the professional tennis circuit, Adrian has certainly packed a lot into the 15 years since graduating from Faith.
In 2000, a young Adrian graduated as Dux of the College with a Tertiary Entrance Rank of 99.9 including three perfect scores for Chemistry, Maths 1 and Maths 2. It was his accomplishment in receiving the Caltex All Rounder Award that has recently placed his achievements back in the spotlight, with Adrian’s story used as one example of the many success stories young professionals share since receiving the Award back in high school days.
For Adrian, receiving the Caltex All Rounder Award was an important step to his world beyond school. Not only did it help him attain a scholarship to study Commerce and Information Technology at Bond University, it also reminded him that his learning journey was not just one dimensional – his gifts and talents extend beyond the classroom, with equally impressive skills in sport. It was Adrian’s talent on-court that led him to join the professional tennis circuit in 2005 – setting the books aside for two and a half years to trial a sporting career. He also represented Australia twice at the growing sport of Ultimate Disc (Frisbee), after which he returned to Faith to teach some of our Year 8 and 9 students how to play the game and what he learnt from his experience.
The world of academia eventually lured Adrian back to University where he completed his Ph.D. and he has established a research career in applied statistics, currently focused on detecting fraud in financial statements. It has been an interesting and diverse road to this point, and Adrian credits his early lessons at Faith for helping him learn how to achieve time management and balance with numerous commitments, build confidence in his abilities, and define teaching styles that have influenced the way he now teaches his students. Year 12 in particular was a highlight for Adrian, a year he says was different to other years as the dynamic was different – the teachers didn’t set the exams in this formative year, and so it created that feeling that we’re all working together to achieve our goals.
And what advice would Adrian give to Year 12 students today?
“Make the most of your relationship with teachers, listen to their stories and the career paths of those around you. Learn from how and why they made their choices.”
Sound advice Adrian… after all, “we’re all in it together”