24 April 2015
This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they really love about being part of our community, is getting to know likeminded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better.
Asha Clementi is a year 10 student at Canberra Girls Grammar School. She moved to Canberra from Sydney a little over a year ago, but is originally from Tennessee in the USA.
You in a nutshell
Bibliophile, dancer, ailurophile (cat lover), singer, tumblr addict, and chocolate lover.
What was your highlight of the past year?
The highlight of my year was definitely being accepted into UN Youth Australia’s Pacific Project. In June/July of this year I’ve been selected as one of 12 delegates, from all around Australia, traveling to East Timor to explore sustainable aid in developing countries. I am super excited for this trip and I’m really looking forward to the experience.
What’s an achievement you’re proud of?
I have to admit that I am really proud of being accepted into the Pacific Project because there were over 100 applicants from all over Australia in years 10-12, and I was one of the final 12 selected for this opportunity. I made it through two essay application rounds as well as an interview for the project. This is an achievement that I am extremely proud of and has meant that I get the chance to learn about another country.
What’s on your playlist?
Basically everything from musical theatre to pop songs to indie rock. I’ve been listening to a mix of songs from Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum’s album Pirates and Thieves, as well as songs from Legally Blonde – The Musical.
Why did you join the Y?
I joined the Y to try and help support and learn about women’s issues, not only in our community, but in communities all over the world. I also joined to create more connections with women around Canberra, and get more involved in the community.
Who inspires you?
One of the women who inspires me most would have to be Marie Curie. She was so passionate about what she did and continued to make incredible discoveries in the world of science, even when there were so many telling her she couldn’t because she was a woman.
What’s the change you want to see in the world?
I want to see total equality all around the world. Not just gender equality between men and women, but also the equality of intersex people. It would be fantastic if there could be equality throughout all races, religions, and the LGBTIQ community. Whether or not this is just the idealistic dreaming of a teenage girl we have yet to see, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to take steps in the right direction.