November 2nd, 2020 by Nicola Courtin
Alyssa was born and raised in Darwin. Growing up she visited South East Asia frequently and was exposed to things that made her feel very grateful to live in Australia where she had access to quality education, sanitation, food and shelter. Alyssa is an advocate for equality, with a special interest in access to education. At university, Alyssa studied Asian Studies and Japanese and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Careers Education and Development. In the future, Alyssa plans to do a Masters in Public Policy and hopes to work in international education and development on behalf of developing countries and young girls. Alyssa believes education provides people with independence and allows them the opportunity and agency to decide their future and live the life they choose. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys bike riding, relaxing under a tree, studying languages, cooking and crafting ceramics. She has studied Japanese and even lived in the Japanese countryside for 9 months where she discovered she loves farming. While she was in Japan she learned how to play the taiko drums and performed in a big festival called Kanto Matsuri.