Frances Guastalegname is a Masters of Marketing Communications from Melbourne, Australia. She received a double bachelors degree in criminology and history from the University of Melbourne.
"Life is a lot easier when you’re more aware of whom you are as a person, and are not afraid to embrace it."
Q: What’s something people wouldn’t know about your hometown of Melbourne?
A: It still surprises me how big Melbourne actually is. I know that’s quite simplistic to say, but I can never get over how much there actually is to do in Melbourne - and not just within the city itself, but even moving out into the suburbs, there’s always so much happening that you can immerse yourself in.
Q: What are three of your favourite places in Melbourne?
I’m a bit of a fan of galleries and museums, so I’d say definitely the NGV and the Melbourne Museum. For brunch, there’s a café called Dumbo in West Footscray that is small but cozy, and serves the best coffee. And for somewhere to hang out, the Yarraville Shopping Village, because it has a little bit of everything.
Q: What's a place you've been that inspired you or changed your perspective?
A: I haven’t travelled much yet, but New York is the one place that makes me see things in a different perspective. It remind me so much of home, but somehow opens my eyes to so many more opportunities, and makes me believe in being able to do the things I thought were impossible. To me, it’s the one place that sparks inspiration, and makes me want to be a better version of myself.
Q: How has family had an effect on your upbringing?
A: I think my family has definitely changed my perspective on life in general, and have helped shape me into the person I am today. I come from a big, loud Italian family, so it’s safe to say there is always someone around when you need them, and there’s endless support for the steps you choose to take in life.
"Every person I have worked with has taught me something new, and inspired me to jump out of my comfort zone to try something new."
Q: What gives you the biggest sense of pride?
A: I take a lot of pride in knowing that I can make an impact on someone’s life. I always feel so much more confident and happy in myself when I know I’ve made a positive change on someone, whether it is something more long term, or simply making them smile for just a moment.
Q: What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
A: Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Life is a lot easier when you’re more aware of whom you are as a person, and are not afraid to embrace it.
Q: Who is a person you’ve met recently who inspired you?
A: I can’t pinpoint just one person who I’ve met recently, so I’m going to say in general, everyone I have met and worked with at uni this semester. This semester has brought me more group assignments than I can count, but every person I have worked with has taught me something new, and inspired me to jump out of my comfort zone to try something new.
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Q: You did your undergraduate and graduate degrees at UniMelb, what do you ultimately want to have gotten from that experience?
A: I’m (hopefully) graduating at the end of the year, but after 5 years at Melbourne I’ve realised that despite actually getting a degree, I’d like to be able to leave with newfound knowledge going beyond my classes, and good friends who I can keep for life.
Q: Think 5 years down the road, where do you see yourself?
A: The dream is to be running my own business and living in a studio loft in New York. Realistically, I’m not 100% sure yet, but I’m pretty excited to find out.
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