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MyStory

By Xander Hoskinson

Drews Podcast is an interview-style podcast where I host 10-20-minute one-on-one conversations with St. Andrew's College students to learn more about their backgrounds and experiences at Drews so far. The second half of the podcast features rapid-fire questions which stay the same across each episode.

Almost 400 students call St. Andrew's College home. Each member of the community has unique and interesting experiences to share. Whether you're applying to University, curious about life at the colleges, or just looking to pass time, come have a listen!
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Neon Fan | Personal identity and Navigating the Ups and Downs of Life
Neon Fan | Personal identity and Navigating the Ups and Downs of Life
Neon and I discuss their story of personal growth and identity, exploring hobbies during lockdown such as tattoo art, motorbike riding, and creating a personal website, and much more. 
29:22
October 28, 2021
Digby Dalton | Life on the Upper Northern Beaches
Digby Dalton | Life on the Upper Northern Beaches
Digby discusses his experience growing up on the upper northern beaches in Avalon, commuting to school at Knox, his experience as the social justice prefect, and navigating college life through COVID.
16:12
October 28, 2021
Netra Hankins | Aligning Incentives in a Capitalist Society
Netra Hankins | Aligning Incentives in a Capitalist Society
Netra and I discuss her mooting experiences at USyd Law School, economic incentives in a capitalise society, environmental sustainability, identity security and trust-based systems, the potential for pseudonymous economies and much more.
51:55
October 14, 2021
Josh Sechi | Internship Experiences and Insights, Introduction to Blockchains, NFT Projects
Josh Sechi | Internship Experiences and Insights, Introduction to Blockchains, NFT Projects
Josh and I discuss his experience across multiple finance internships and how it has impacted his career direction, early experiences investing and researching blockchain technologies, and an overview of some interesting NFT projects. Timestamps: 1:00 - Josh's internship history 13:55 - Network effects and flywheel investment screening 19:45 - Introduction to blockchain and cryptocurrencies - how Josh started out 47:12 - Information sources to learn about blockchain/crypto 54:25 - NFT projects and experience with gas fees 56:27 - Degods Solana NFT project 1:01:51 - Piggy Sol Gang NFT project 1:05:40 - Peep NFT project Resources: a16z podcast:  UpOnly podcast:  Packy McCormick twitter CoinMarketCap Alexandria  DeGods NFT PEEPS (thepeeps.show) Piggy Sol Gang (piggygang.com)
01:09:59
October 14, 2021
Rob Abadee | BArts (Adv Studies) (II)
Rob Abadee | BArts (Adv Studies) (II)
Rob and I discuss sports viewership in Australia and implications for community and friendships, the challenges and opportunities of switching degrees, keeping up to date with current affairs, and much more.
29:09
October 01, 2021
Claire O'Connor | BCom (Adv Studies) (III) | We Need to Talk Founder
Claire O'Connor | BCom (Adv Studies) (III) | We Need to Talk Founder
Claire and I discuss intermittent fasting, personal branding in the internet era, leaning into social life when moving away from home, adapting to the college environment, and current affairs conversation communities at St. Andrew's College.
31:04
October 01, 2021
Sam Wright | BSci (III)
Sam Wright | BSci (III)
Sam chats through life as a day student at the Armidale school, his experiences playing high-level hockey for NSW and coaching the Rosebowl Hockey team, transitioning from hockey to other sports and the social benefits of playing different sports, and much more. 
17:05
September 11, 2021
Nick Reynolds | BCom/LLB (I) | Open Talks
Nick Reynolds | BCom/LLB (I) | Open Talks
Welcome to Open Talks, a new series of the MyStory podcast featuring casual and authentic conversations about life at college.  On this podcast, I chat with Nick Reynolds about the impact of COVID on social life at college, transitioning from a single-sex high school to a co-ed college, his senior year project creating a feature-length film, his experience playing basketball through high school, and much more. 
37:01
September 11, 2021
Kiran Gupta | BArts/LLB
Kiran Gupta | BArts/LLB
Kiran discusses his unconventional journey to college, finding an affinity for music and developing a name for himself as a musical performer at Sydney Grammar, navigating the nerves of O-Week, and his experience getting into journalism.
16:58
September 10, 2021
Tom Van Dongen | B Sport Management / B Creative Intelligence and Innovation | Intercol Rep
Tom Van Dongen | B Sport Management / B Creative Intelligence and Innovation | Intercol Rep
Tom chats through his experience moving from Sydney to Melbourne and back, his ventures in different sporting teams in high school and at Drews, and his decision to run for a role on House Committee as an Intercol Representative
16:39
September 02, 2021
Sai Abbaraju | BEcon | Social Sec / PCL
Sai Abbaraju | BEcon | Social Sec / PCL
Sai discusses his experience coming out of his shell in late high school and making the decision to move from Armidale to Sydney, how he's seen college change over the last three years, and the current COVID situation at college
17:35
September 02, 2021
Elliott Earnshaw | BEcon/LLB
Elliott Earnshaw | BEcon/LLB
Elliott chats through his decision to move from Singleton to Sydney for boarding, his journey with high-level swimming, his involvement in the Expedition Society at Drews, and his ambitions for the next few years
18:31
September 02, 2021
Liz Woodcock | BArts/LLB | Dance Sec
Liz Woodcock | BArts/LLB | Dance Sec
Liz reflects on her childhood experience performing in musicals around Australia, her recent venture in rugby at Sydney Uni, and her experience as dance secretary. 
18:52
August 26, 2021
Matt Fogarty | BCom (Adv Studies) | Food Sec
Matt Fogarty | BCom (Adv Studies) | Food Sec
Matt discusses his childhood sporting life and the role of older siblings in guiding his sporting choices, his gap year in Micronesia and how it changed his perspective on life in Australia. 
18:18
August 26, 2021
Alex Heintze | BCom (Adv. Studies) | Food Sec
Alex Heintze | BCom (Adv. Studies) | Food Sec
Alex talks us through his entrepreneurship experience in high school, his initial impressions of college, and some of his goals for the next few years
19:32
August 17, 2021
Roisin Browne | BArts (Adv. Studies)
Roisin Browne | BArts (Adv. Studies)
Ro discusses her upbringing overseas and transition to high school life in Newcastle, her experiences with the gym and current role as gym secretary at college, and much more
12:04
August 17, 2021
Euro Ruangvanish | B.Design (Architecture)
Euro Ruangvanish | B.Design (Architecture)
Euro and I reflect on isolation in 2020, Euro's experience as an architecture student at UTS, and how he uses his skills in arts and crafts to help out around college. 
12:25
July 22, 2021
Grace Papworth | BArts / LLB
Grace Papworth | BArts / LLB
Grace Papworth, a current third-year student at St. Andrew's College, has an upbringing and background as special and unique as they get. Hear more about her experiences at college and moving to Sydney from Newcastle.
14:04
June 03, 2021
Alastair Hoskinson | BCom (Adv. Studies) | stairly
Alastair Hoskinson | BCom (Adv. Studies) | stairly
Hear from Alastair (known by 'stairly' in the music world), a second year student at St. Andrew's College (fR 2020), about his journey with music, the move from Singapore to Sydney, and his aspirations for the next year at college.
17:52
May 25, 2021
Jeremy Elliot | BCom
Jeremy Elliot | BCom
On this episode, we hear from Jeremy Elliott, a second year at St. Andrew's College. Hear about his experience moving to Sydney from Orange, his transition from High School Rugby to Sydney Uni Colts, and an unexpected and unique hobby.
17:51
May 25, 2021
Maddie Holthouse | B Media & Comms / LLB
Maddie Holthouse | B Media & Comms / LLB
On this episode, learn about Maddie Holthouse, a current second year student at St. Andrew's College. Hear about her experience at college through COVID-19 isolation in 2020, life with a family overseas, and twin sister at Women's College. 
17:36
May 25, 2021
Eleanor Price | BSci | Australian National Rower
Eleanor Price | BSci | Australian National Rower
On this episode, we hear from El Price, currently a third year at St. Andrew's College. Hear about her journey from Melbourne to Sydney, her experience at two different residential colleges, and sporting background.
15:50
May 25, 2021
Jack Grant | BCom / LLB | 2020 Senior Student
Jack Grant | BCom / LLB | 2020 Senior Student
Hear from Jack Grant, the senior student of St. Andrew's College in 2020. Growing up in Perth and moving to Sydney for university, learn about Jack's pathway to Drews and his decision to run for the College's preeminent student position.
18:05
April 23, 2021