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Jasmine Hughson was Kolbe Catholic College’s Dance Captain in 2016, keeping herself very busy with extra-curricular activities.

After graduating, she continued her normal dance schedule which consisted of dancing during after school hours and also began training on days she wasn’t working.

Jasmine didn’t end up with much free time after graduating between dancing and working two jobs to save for a trip to New York.

“My biggest highlight this year was definitely my experience in New York, where I had the opportunity to perform on 42nd Street at the New Amsterdam Theatre.”

She travelled with ten other dancers from Australia, with the trip granting the opportunity to meet dancers from all over the world.

“The trip saw us take part in different workshops, including a workshop with one of the dancers from the Broadway musical Aladin, which we also got to watch and meet the cast.”

Unfortunately, due to illness, Jasmine was unable to start full time study of dance in Melbourne next year, but she has her sights set on being able to move over in 2019.

The aspect Jasmine loves most about dance is that it always gives her a goal.

“Whether it’s mental or physical, dance sets me challenges, it is rewarding and a motivator.

“It also gives me a sense of purpose as I¬†know that dance will always be a big part of my life, even when I’m older as I hope to move onto teaching dance.

“Everyone has bad days and life isn’t perfect but dance lets your mind and body free and as creative or uncreative as you want to it too,” she said.

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Jasmine is thankful for the friendships she has made through dance, believing that friendship is one of the most important aspects as they are the ones who keep you inspired and motivated.

She said attending Kolbe Catholic College helped her develop confidence in herself.

“Before Kolbe I would never try new things, take on challenges or talk to new people…I would avoid all situations which would put me out of my comfort zone.

“But through the various opportunities the College provides, I was slowly able to take on new things and build up my confidence.”

Her words of wisdom for current students is to find something you love doing and set yourself small and realistic goals.

“You just have to put hard work in and it will pay off.

“Don’t be disheartened if things don’t go as planned, the universe is weird and if things aren’t meant to be, they simply wont!”

Jasmine added if you haven’t found what you love, don’t stop looking as it will eventually arrive.

She put a special call out to those not knowing what they would like to do post-high school.

“I know it can be really confusing and upsetting not knowing what you want to do with your life, especially if everyone has it figured out.

“Don’t worry it’s okay, everyone takes a different time to figure out what their path is.”