genYOU Story 26 – Stephanie

Our 26th genYOU Story features final year La Trobe University student, Stephanie Smarrelli! Stephanie will be graduating in December with a Bachelor of Media and Communications, majoring in journalism.

Name: Stephanie Smarrelli (Pictured: back, second from left)
City: Melbourne
Current Role: Customer Service Assistant at Target; President at La Trobe Journalism, Media, Arts and Communications Society (JMAC); Staff Writer at Upstart; Presenter at the Centre Pass Podcast.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?

I’m Stephanie and I’ve just finished my final year of media and communications degree, majoring in journalism, at La Trobe University.

At the moment, I’m working casually at Target, we’re I’ve worked for the last six years. At the same time, like many other, I’m searching for a job in journalism or a similar field!

I’m a presenter on the Centre Pass Podcast, as a massive netball nerd, the podcast has been a way for me to use the skills from my degree as well as my love for netball and combine them into something I can use for my portfolio.

I’m also the President of the Journalism, Media, Arts and Communications Society (JMAC) at La Trobe, and was previously the society’s events manager.

How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?

generationYOU has helped me to achieve my goals by inspiring me to seek out new opportunities that may be outside of my usual comfort zone.

generationYOU has also helped me to inspire other students around La Trobe University through JMAC – as we partnered with them this year. I found talking to students about generationYOU helped them to feel more at ease with their possible career choices, and left them feeling more positive than when the conversation started.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Asides from my mother, who has been amazingly supportive and encouraging through all my schooling … my biggest inspiration are Little Mix.

Little Mix are a girl group who won the X Factor in the UK in 2011, and the messages in their songs are really empowering. They live their lives in the spotlight the way they want, despite the negative things that some people write about them online.

For me, that type of self-confidence, female empowerment, friendship and positivity, is something to look up to and I hope I can inspire the people around me.

What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?

My biggest piece of advice is not to be afraid of the unknown and if an opportunity comes take it because you never know where it may lead.