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GRAMMARIANS  SKYE CLEARY (NETTLETON, 1992)  “I MADE SOME WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND WE STILL KEEP IN TOUCH. I DID OK AT SCHOOL. I NEVER CAME TOP OF ANY CLASSES, BUT NEVER FAILED ANYTHING EITHER,” SAYS SKYE CLEARY (NETTLETON, 1992).

Skye’s advice to today’s current CGGS students is:

Skye joined CGGS in Year 9 when her family moved from Sydney for work. During her time at the school she enjoyed the Duke of Edinburgh program, played netball and earned her black belt in taekwondo.

1. If you know what you want to do, great! If you don’t know yet, just do what you think seems most interesting and see where you can take that.

After graduating from CGGS, Skye studied for a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, majoring in Economics and German Language, while becoming an officer in the Army Reserves through the University Regiment. She then travelled to Europe where she was bitten by the travel bug. “After working as an intern in Germany for a year, I didn’t want to go home so went to New York City instead.” This decision eventually led Skye to a dynamic career in trading, working for Bank of America before taking a job at a small hedge fund as an arbitrage trader, trading equities between the US and Europe. After six years in New York, Skye returned to Sydney, flirted with journalism and completed her MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, winning the university medal. She was a management consultant for a few years but loved studying so much she returned to undertake her PhD. Now back in New York with husband Nick and five year old son, Dylan, Skye teaches at Columbia University and Barnard College. She is an associate editor for the American Philosophical Association’s blog, an advisory board member of Strategy of Mind, and co-founder of The Love Salon. In 2015, Skye published a book, Existentialism and Romantic Love, based on her PhD.

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feels like a beginning. My inner narrative is essentially: “OMG! I have a voice! I’m using it! It’s not terrible! What next? What else?”

“My book explores what’s wrong with our everyday ideas about romantic loving, why reality often falls short of the ideal, sources of frustrations and disappointments and possibilities for creating authentically meaningful relationships. It draws on five existential philosophers in particular: Max Stirner, Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir.” “I wrote it because I was confused about love. I had so many questions…no one else’s answers made sense and it frustrated me. I read a book called Tete-a-Tete by Hazel Rowley which explored the relationship between Simone de Beauvoir and JeanPaul Sartre. They seemed to be dealing with questions like these. And so began my PhD research, which I then turned into an academic book.” When asked how it feels to be a published writer Skye says, “It’s both wonderful and terrifying. “I’m flattered and astounded that some people want to read my work. It also

“Passion, curiosity, and persistence matter more than natural intelligence or ability. ” Skye Cleary (Nettleton, 1992)

2. Passion, curiosity, and persistence matter more than natural intelligence or ability. One of my favourite Simone de Beauvoir quotes: “I take on a shape and an existence only if I first throw myself into the world by loving, by doing.” 3. Don’t read philosophy unless you’re willing to have your world crumble beneath your feet and spend a lot of time thinking about out how to put it back together. But it’s wonderful. I recommend it to everyone!

Canberra Girls Grammar School - Issue 102  

Issue #102 (2016) of the Grammar Report celebrates innovation at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

Canberra Girls Grammar School - Issue 102  

Issue #102 (2016) of the Grammar Report celebrates innovation at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

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