Humanitarian with passion for change
Class of 2019's Diana Mukayeva moved to Australia with her family from Kazakhstan in 2015. At fourteen, she went from knowing the bare minimum of English to representing Darwin High School in debating, mooting, the student representative council and delivering the Year 12 Valedictorian speech at the 2019 Graduation ceremony to an audience of two thousand people.
Diana at BOND University with fellow members of the DHS Mooting Team.
Diana confesses the most challenging part of Year 12 was self imposed.
One of the greatest challenges of year 12 (and studying in general) that I am yet to learn how to conquer is not being able to rest guilt-free. I found that this affected me more and more as the year progressed and stopped me from genuinely enjoying (what was left of) my social life. I often hear the phrase “just do your best” when it comes to giving advice to future graduates. “Doing my best” however, is the kind of phrase that drives the anxiety associated with taking time to relax. It makes me think: “if I don’t study now, I am no longer trying my hardest and by that I undermine my chances of getting good results”. In hindsight, of course the time I took to rest did not impact my results whatsoever and it would probably have been beneficial to let go of my worries more often.
Diana's advice for making the most of the final years of study is to make the most of student life and be a part of the school community.
Try something that is beyond your classes. Even if its a club, SRC or the Pride Committee. There's so many opportunities and they make school such a great experience.
Year 12 Graduation
There’s an endless list of great memories that I was lucky enough to create over the past three years. However all of them have to do with the amazing people that surrounded me all throughout my High School years. Be it taking part in the mooting and debating competitions or going to the International Women’s Day March, the community at Darwin High School is really what makes those memories special. It is thanks to teachers who provide endless support, understanding and motivation as well as go above and beyond to make schooling exciting that I will always think of my time at Darwin High with a smile.