Captains’ Call: Our Lady of Sion College’s Lydia Ting and Stephanie Wang

Lydia Ting and Stephanie Wang have learnt many things since starting their roles as college captains of Our Lady of Sion College, teamwork being one of the most important. They have also discovered their strengths as leaders of the school.

Why did you want to be College Captain?

Lydia: Throughout my schooling life, Our Lady of Sion College has provided me with so many wonderful opportunities. The school has helped me find my identity as a young woman through fostering my passions and talents. I want to return this gift, ensuring that every student has the same opportunities I had to progress and transform.
I’m always looking for opportunities to challenge myself and I knew that this role would allow me to grow and develop as a leader and an individual.

Stephanie: I applied for college captain because I wanted to give back. This year is Our Lady of Sion’s 90th anniversary and, as a college captain, I knew I would have extra opportunities to be actively involved in helping celebrate a milestone for the college. I wanted to represent my year level, and all students, to the best of my ability.
I’m aiming to be remembered as one of the college captains who helped to enhance the close-knit Our Lady of Sion community, particularly during this important year.

 

Photo: Greg Briggs

Photo: Greg Briggs

What have you learnt as captain?

Lydia: I have learnt that leadership is not just about coordinating and organising events and activities but, more importantly, about being a very strong team player who can cooperate with my peers.

Stephanie: I have learnt the importance of time management, balancing school, work and social life. With this comes the power of teamwork, where I am able to work alongside Lydia, student representatives and my year 12 peers when tasks need to be completed. Sharing this role with Lydia, I have also discovered that there is no universal leader, all are different but successful in their own ways. We have been able to collaborate on different projects, using both our different skills and qualities.

Why is it important for young women to be leaders?

Lydia: Leadership positions are most definitely not limited to our male counterparts and I am very grateful for the recognition and awareness of gender inequality within our society today. In an all-girls school we are constantly encouraged to believe that opportunities for equality are available for us, and must be pursued with perseverance and determination.
I am not only a strong advocate of gender equality within leadership but also racial equality. I think that many people are surprised that this year the school captains of a Catholic girls school are both of Asian descent. I believe our positions are a true celebration of cultural egalitarianism; a testament to society’s potential to provide equal opportunities for all people, regardless of background.

Stephanie: Leadership should not be defined by gender, but through ability. Our Lady of Sion has taught me that we as women of the future have the right and power to be great leaders, and should not be afraid to stand up for ourselves if situations are deemed unfair. Through my leadership role, I have been given significant opportunities, such as developing closer connections with the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, interacting with other year levels, speaking on behalf of my peers and representing my school in extracurricular activities. I believe as a young woman, these opportunities will help enhance my skills to fulfil a leadership position later on in life.

What are your future plans?

Lydia: I have been shortlisted to complete a one-year scholarship program in China to develop my Chinese language skills. I hope the program will be pivotal in my development as a global citizen as I believe the big problems of the future will not be local but global. My hope is to work abroad within the diplomacy or humanitarian aid fields to improve the lives of the persecuted and disadvantaged.

Stephanie: After year 12, I hope to continue my studies at Monash University, completing a double degree in business/arts. Through this, I would love the opportunity to study overseas. I am open and excited for the future as Our Lady of Sion has already given me a glimpse of what it may consist of if I put in the hard work and determination to achieve my goals.

 

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