A change in direction.

Choosing what to do with your life can be overwhelming. There is no simple definition, no clear path. You never really know what life will bring or the best way to reach your goals.

Dancer, performer, Patisserie and International Student Ambassador. For Adrin, the path to purpose was never clear: “I was pursuing a Degree of Information Systems Technology. But after working as a software engineer for three years, I realised I was not able to see a bright future for myself – the passion was just not there.”

He left his engineering job and started looking for his passion: “I tried cooking and baking at home and realised that this was my passion. I enjoyed the feeling of serving the food I made. The kitchen gives me more comfort compared to an office’s ambience.”

After further encouragement from his uncle, Adrin realised his passion project could become a viable career option and moved to the foodie capital of the world – Melbourne. His gamble has paid off, with the young pastry chef already impressing the local scene:

My favourite thing about living in Melbourne is the lifestyle. I am pursuing Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at Academia International in the Melbourne CBD at the moment. I have completed Certificate III in Patisserie and also Diploma of Hospitality Management at Box Hill Institute…this combined with my work experience from LuxBite, Atlantic Group, Parkside Café at Box Hill Institute and Bisou Bake Shop (in Malaysia) has provided me a range of opportunities to make desserts on various gatherings. The biggest one was to be able to cook a meal for a hundred volunteers during the Hillsong Christmas Spectacular 2015!’

Outside of class, Adrin attended weekly ballroom dancing training to build confidence in his new surroundings, and meet likeminded people:

”Through Ballroom and Latin dancing, I have learnt the importance of teamwork and has improved my social skills immensely. I socialise with my dance partner and hang out with the other students. My confidence has definitely been boosted too as I’ve learnt to dance in front of other people, on the stage and in competitions. With that, my self-esteem has also been built. Most importantly, I am always happy when I dance, the joy of dancing is simply indescribable.”

“Plus, with my dancing experience, I was able to teach some of my Hillsong church members some basic dance steps and also performed with one of them at a cultural gathering… Hillsong Christmas Spectacular, I am so excited to be dancing along with the other dance team members at the Regent Theatre this year!’

Along with his university classes, part-time job and ballroom dancing, Adrin continues to be a member of the Hillsong Church bump crew and recently joined a choir for international students, The Dreamers: “I just picked up vocal lessons recently to take my singing to the next level. There’s an old saying that when one door closes another opens. Like all things, it is hard to know where that door will be when you feel lost or trapped but by pursuing a hobby, you won’t just find what you were looking for you’ll find something unexpected.”

Adrin credits each of his passion projects with a number of personal life lessons, each influencing his own student experience. Dancing has developed his leadership, communication and time-management skills, cooking has trained him in patience and respect. His story is an open reminder that there is no right way to knowing ourselves.

“I encourage everyone to just throw themselves into what they think they want to do. It is vital to have some hands-on experience before actually saying no to it. I did not know that I will love the kitchen so much until I quit my IT job…I wish everyone to be able to find out their passion and be happy, always.” 

So to all those who may be lost at sea, there is always hope of that great end, of that podium where you will find a place. Because here’s the other thing no one tells you, there is always time. There’s no too late, too little or too out of reach. There is only you, a sea of question marks and a curiosity to catch them.

Adrin teaching some Hillsong churchmates some basic Cha Cha Cha steps.

Adrin teaching some Hillsong churchmates some basic Cha Cha Cha steps.

Adrin’s buffet showpiece; croquembouche in Box Hill Institute.

Adrin’s buffet showpiece; croquembouche in Box Hill Institute.

Discussion — 8 Responses

  • Alex 5 December, 2016 on 3:02 pm

    Well done Adrin. I am proud of you. Aim for the star and aim high. You will get there.

    • Adrin Alex 14 September, 2017 on 7:39 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Garry Witzand 27 April, 2017 on 8:29 am

    Well done Adrian great to see you kicking goals In life you are a great student and a pleasure to have in class

    • Adrin Garry Witzand 14 September, 2017 on 7:42 am

      Thank you! 😀

  • Karen Kok 13 September, 2017 on 10:20 am

    Congratulations Adrin. Your are fulfilling your dream in the right direction. Love to sink my teeth into your “creation” when in Melbourne.

    • Adrin Karen Kok 15 September, 2017 on 7:12 pm

      Thank you, aunty!

  • Angeline 15 September, 2017 on 12:08 am

    Well done Yian. All the uncles and aunties are happy for you too.

    • Adrin Angeline 15 September, 2017 on 7:13 pm

      Thanks, mum!

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