PROFILE: CASSANDRA HENDERSON
Cassandra moved to BHCS at the beginning of Year 10 (2012), and graduated Year 12 in 2014. We asked Cassie what life looks like for her now, since she finished school and what she has planned for the future.
“I haven’t fully worked out what I want to do with my life yet, but I’m in no rush. When I finished Year 12, I got nearly the exact score I was aiming for and was very happy with how I did. Thanks to Mrs Fatur for exceeding my expectations in English.
I got into Monash for a business administration degree. But I decided I didn’t really want to do this is and started working instead. I didn’t want to spend the next 3 or 4 years studying something I wasn’t passionate about. So I decided I would find something to work really hard at until that led me to something else I could work really hard at and I know that will then lead me to the next thing and I’ll work really hard at that. I’ll continue doing that until I find something I love. I’m enjoying just living life and trusting in God’s plans for my future.
I’ve now been working full time for a year and it’s the hardest thing I’ve done so far. Working full time is a whole other world, but I’m so glad I’m experiencing it. It was completely out of my comfort zone. With no experience and no qualifications I wasn’t expecting to be so blessed with the job I got. I have an entry level Reception/Administration job with a hint of logistics in there. I work with the nicest people and I’ve learnt so much from them.
I think I’ve finally figured out a direction to go in. I’m hoping to start doing an events management course part time in July while working at the same time, and will see where that leads me. I’d love to do something that mixes up my passion for missions, and events and people. I don’t know what that will look like, but hopefully it exists.
As well as working full time, I’m a youth leader to the most beautiful girls in the whole world and some of them I’ve been leading for 4 years now… time flies! I volunteer at church with the music team, with youth events, and with church events. I love church and I love people and I fill up my time with those two things.
I recently went to Malaysia and it was amazing! I’ve also been to Vietnam. Both of these trips were with my church on missions trips and they have been life changing. Being able to experience these countries have been some of the best times ever. Travelling and not just doing all the tourist type things, but actually imparting into others people lives is so rewarding. On my recent trip to Malaysia I found myself at a random house eating green tea flavoured kit kat’s with a Malaysian family; the next day on a camp in the middle of nowhere leading worship to bunch of teenagers; and the next day listening to a girl my age telling me about how she experienced the love of God after suffering from depression. I hope I do a hundred more trips like this in my life.”
When asked what she missed about Belgrave, Cassie responded:
“I miss the teachers and how encouraging they were to everyone. They never gave up on anyone and genuinely wanted you to do your best and succeed. I think now experiencing working, I realise how much time and energy they gave to us, they went so above and beyond what they had to, especially in Year 12. I feel privileged to have been a part [of the school].”
Cassie’s words of advice she’d leave us with:
“‘Change the game, don’t play it’ – Because the world needs some more game changers, not replicators.”