UWA Law student Isabella Wilson has packed a lot into adulthood after only graduating from St Stephen’s School Duncraig in 2013.
The young gun moved straight from high school to university where she spent no time getting involved in clubs and competitions, studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Law & Society and Political Science & International Relations.
“During my undergrad, I was a member of UWA’s delegation to the Harvard Model United Nations Competition. Having never competed in an international competition, I was proud to come home with a high commendation.”
“In 2016, I was accepted into the University of California Los Angeles’ Summer Program and spent six weeks living and studying politics and law in LA.”
A natural hard worker, Isabella forged strong connections to make her mark on Perth’s political landscape, which has seen her move from local government to state politics.
“Like most people, when I first left school I worked in various retail and hospitality jobs (coffee shops, burger bars and a pharmacy). In 2016, I started work as an Electorate Officer for Dr Anne Aly MP, the Federal Member for Cowan,” Isabella said.
“Since leaving Dr Aly’s office earlier this year, I now work as the Associate to Registrar S Boyle at the Supreme Court of Western Australia.”
Now studying a Juris Doctor (JD) at UWA, Isabella is using her experience to tackle human rights issues on a global scale, and she’s doing a pretty good job.
“I’ve competed in a few competitions during the JD, and recently was awarded a high commendation at the Negotiating Outcomes On Time competition hosted by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal,” she said.
“I was also recently awarded the 2018 Law Prize for receiving the highest mark in LAWS5188, Legal APPtitude - a unit which saw me develop an application, in collaboration with the Walk Free Foundation, aimed at assisting small businesses to identify risks of modern slavery in their supply chains.”
It’s hard to believe Isabella has much spare time to explore, but she’s grasped every travel opportunity to visit Europe, Cambodia, Italy, New Zealand, USA, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands, just to name a few.
Though she was never a northern suburbs local, Isabella’s parents chose a St Stephen’s School education for her and her sister Sofia, a decision Isabella will always be grateful for.
“St Stephen’s (and my teachers, in particular Mr Herewini, Mrs Lhota and Ms Judge - now Mrs Dillon) prepared me to think independently and critically, encouraged me to challenge the norm and always stand for justice, be compassionate and pursue endeavours that I am passionate about.”