Tomorrow Is Mine

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'Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today' - Malcolm X. 

This podcast series profiles the lives of our city’s exceptional students. With over 35,000 international students from more than 130 countries, Tomorrow Is Mine celebrates the Gold Coast’s culturally diverse student community through their achievements and contribution to the city’s rich cultural fabric. Many of these students have come to the Gold Coast after undertaking incredible personal journeys to pursue their education and their dreams for the future.

Tomorrow Is Mine is hosted by Trevor Jackson and provides tertiary students and recent graduates the chance to share their life experiences and their hopes for the opportunities that lie ahead. The future belongs to them.


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Ojay Moka

Ojay Moka grew up in Papua and New Guinea, nurtured within a large family and close-knit community that formed his entire world, so his decision to study on the Gold Coast was a huge step outside of his comfort zone.

The challenges of adapting to a new culture quickly dissipated with the realisation that he’d made the best decision of his life. The Southern Cross University graduate now encourages other young people of the Pacific region to discover the value of higher education by following in his footsteps.  

29 Jul 2020

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Soham Pandit and Tanya Bhandari

Soham Pandit and Tanya Bhandari relinquished their management roles with India’s prestigious Taj Hotel Group to further their careers by studying International Tourism at Griffith University.

They came to Australia’s tourism capital excited by the potential of realising their dream of working here at the conclusion of their studies, but a few months shy of their graduation disaster hit the global tourism industry in the shape of COVID-19.

When all seemed lost new opportunities emerged with support from the local community. Theirs is a wonderful story of resilience, determination and hope.

22 Jul 2020

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Emmanuelle Bryant

Emmanuelle Bryant’s choices in life have been governed by a strong sense of social justice. As a young black woman growing up in a country steeped in cultural tradition like France, Emmanuelle knew that while she was unquestionably French, she also identified as being distinctly different from her compatriots.

Following a life changing experience immersed within Australia’s indigenous culture in the Northern Territory this passionately creative woman has made her home on the Gold Coast where she has been studying to become a film maker.  

16 Jul 2020

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Frankie Barcellos

The Gold Coast is a popular destination for Brazilian students with the opportunity to gain a world class education with an idyllic lifestyle and fabulous beaches.

Frankie Barcellos came here to study a Masters in Communications at Bond University and has since been employed by the local marketing agency Digital Junkies. In Frankie’s words he’s living the dream, but it’s a dream that’s taken a long time to become a realisation and one that he’s not willing to relinquish easily now that he’s here.

8 Jul 2020

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Weiwei Zhang

Weiwei Zhang is an adventurous spirit and self-confessed black sheep of the family. Unlike her Chinese classmates Weiwei yearned to spread her wings and fly. She travelled internationally as a backpacker and developed a greater sense of independence, later giving her the confidence to establish a New York office for her Chinese employer and run that business successfully. Now in her 30’s, the hiking enthusiast is scaling greater heights as she reinvents herself with a new career by studying at Bond University on the Gold Coast.  

1 Jul 2020

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Shreya Kulkarni

Shreya Kulkarni prides herself on being a city girl. She comes from Pune, a city of 7 million people that neighbours on the 20 million strong metropolis of Mumbai.

So what brings a young Indian girl half way across the world to study in the comparatively unpopulated laid back coastal destination that is the Gold Coast where she doesn’t know a single soul and how has her experience here changed her outlook on life? Let’s find out…

24 Jun 2020

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Ken Dinh

Ken Dinh is one of the gentlest souls you could ever hope to meet. This unassuming young man from Vietnam has an irresistible smile that could light up a Christmas Tree.

Growing up within a devout Buddhist family, Ken’s decision to study abroad has been a personal awakening while still maintaining his spiritual values. His generosity can border on obsession, such as his love of volunteering, but it’s his enthusiasm and willingness to jump into any situation that makes him such an endearing person.

17 Jun 2020

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Kathleen Di Paolo

Kathleen Di Paolo was born in Mexico and grew up in Switzerland with her Mexican Mum and Swiss/Italian Dad. Kathleen says she’s always been ‘a bit restless’, which has led to a globetrotting lifestyle. The Bond University law graduate has turned her love of travel into a career as a social media influencer with 25,000 Instagram followers and an entrepreneur, where Kathleen’s skills in taxation and international law are now utilised to help other digital nomads just like her. Welcome to Kathleen’s journey.

10 Jun 2020

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Joseph Prospere

After spending most of his early life in refugee camps, Joseph Prospere left Africa for a new home in Norway at the age of 13. It was there, after he started schooling in a foreign language, that he began to appreciate the value of education. He came to the Gold Coast to study Business at Griffith University (because English is far easier than Norwegian!), where he launched a social enterprise to raise money for school children in developing countries. This is his remarkable story.

3 Jun 2020

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Bren Domingo

Bren Domingo grew up as a rebellious kid in the Philippines and after a few false starts was given an opportunity to pursue a career as a multimedia designer in Brunei. She enjoyed living and working in Brunei, but feared for her life there because of her sexuality and fled the country to start a new life in Australia. Bren made her way to the Gold Coast to study Industrial Design at Griffith University, which would become the most transformative experience of her life.

25 May 2020

Podcast Reviews

5 out of 5

Kyron Armour

"This series is amazing.  I know both the people featured so far and yet I had no idea of their stories.  Both were captivating for different reasons, and both resonated with our family on a personal level.  It is interesting to have your perceptions of a situation challenged by others lived experiences.  I cannot wait for the next podcast!"

Rohan Rafael Das

“Joseph Prospere you are truly an inspiration to so many people. If you can spare the time make sure you listen to this amazing podcast. So Good!"

Michael Adams

“This. Is. Awesome.”

Sue Moses

"Trevor Jackson is a master storyteller."

Jeff Norman

“Joseph Prospere is a remarkable young man with a great story. Looking forward to the next episode.”

Simon Howell

“Bren Domingo is a legend.”