Jackomos Hall Residential Support Team
Laura Swift - College Head, Jackomos Hall
Laura Swift is currently working at Monash Residential Services as Acting Manager Residential Support. She previously worked at Monash College for over 8 years providing welfare support and has held various administrative and student support roles at Monash University. Laura loves being able to meet and work with students from all over the world.
Being a past Monash student, Laura had the opportunity to live on-campus while completing a Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare. This course led her to begin engaging with international students in a tertiary environment. Laura has also completed a Diploma of International Education.
Laura started MRS at Normanby House in 2015 and has since moved to become the Deputy College Head at Turner Hall in 2016 and is excited to take on the College Head role of Jackomos Hall in 2017. She is looking forward to working with the rest of the Residential Support Team to ensure a welcoming, exciting, fun, inclusive and memorable experience for all.
Will Duddy– Deputy College Head, Jackomos Hall
Having just finished my Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, I am now starting a Masters of Secondary Education. It's just a small change in career path, but my work through this role convinced me it's the right move for me.
In my spare time I play a lot of hockey. You'll often see me playing, umpiring or training on the hockey pitch on the way to uni. In addition to hockey I also fill my spare time with computer games and ukulele.
When you see me around Jackomos, hit me up for a chat. I can't wait to meet you all!
Oliver Dolbey - Residential Support Assistant, Jackomos Hall
Oliver (Ollie) is in his fourth and final year of studying Primary and Secondary Education (Honours) and has thoroughly enjoyed his course and living on res so far. Originally Ollie lived on the Berwick Campus, but has since moved across to Clayton Campus where he was an RA at Turner Hall before now commencing as the residential support assistant at Jackomos Hall.
Ollie is originally from the island of Tasmania, but made the long trip over to the mainland, Victoria specifically, to commence his studies. Ollie enjoys spending time with friends, playing hockey, basketball and videogames, acting and loves his movies. He plans to complete his degree and see where it takes him. His passion for teaching has definitely increased throughout his time at university, although his dream job was originally to become the Red Power Ranger. Ollie is excited about his new role as RSA and looks forward to working within the awesome Monash Residential Community.
Yingtong Li - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Yingtong, or Lee, is a second-year medical student, originally from Adelaide, South Australia. He has a passion for IT, with particular interest in medical technology, electronic voting and software freedom. As one of this year's Central IT Coordinators, he looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm and experience in IT with his fellow residents across MRS, and helping everyone get the most out of their technology. Outside of IT, Yingtong is active in committee work and student representation, and enjoys reading and playing the piano.
Heba Abdel Rahman - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
After completing her double major in journalism and psychology at the American University in Cairo as an undergrad, Heba moved to Australia in Feb, 2017 to study a 2-year MA degree in counselling because she feels fulfilled when she supports and empowers others emotionally and psychologically and she finds it an absolute privilege when people feel safe to confide in her their most personal issues and deepest thoughts and feelings.
She lived in Berwick campus during the first semester of her studies before moving to Jackomos in her second semester. She is originally from Giza, Egypt and she enjoys watching Turkish TV series and listening to music. Interestingly however, she does not listen to Arabic music, except for three Egyptian bands, which she loves listening to: Cairokee, Zap Tharwat and Sharmoofers. She did bungee jumping in Sacramento, California, which to her was the craziest experience she had. She cannot wait to make Jackomos community feel included, celebrate diversity, and promote their wellbeing through her role in the Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellbeing portfolio.
Chris Bounds - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Chris is moving into his third year of his Bachelor of Science (Advanced Research), focussing on an extended major in physics, and is returning for his second year as an RA in 2018. Formerly from Launceston, Tasmania, Chris has a passion for research and has aims to work towards a career in academia. Chris also has a passion for soccer, and continues to play for Monash University Soccer Club while following the English Premier League. In what remains of his spare time, he likes to catch up with friends and play video games.
With a passion for connecting people from all walks of life and helping incoming residents settle into their new homes, Chris aims to continue to build community engagement at Jackomos in 2018 and looks forward to having another amazing year at Jackomos!
Caitlin Brown - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Caitlin is the West First Floor RA for Jackomos Hall. She is currently in her third year of University studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a focus on communications and media. She comes from the beachside town of Warrnambool, and has been in Melbourne for three years after moving here after high school. When she isn't busy with her degree, she's either watching Netflix, fighting for workers rights, or obsessing over dogs. She especially loves to show people photos of her beautiful border collie from back home. She's incredibly excited to be an RA in 2018 and can't wait to get to know her residents!
Bryony Cox - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Bryony is going into her second year of university at Monash, studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in media and communications and French language. Originally from the regional town of Mildura, Bryony moved to Jackomos in 2017 for her first year at Monash, following a year in Sydney where she completed a Diploma of Fashion and Business.
Bryony is a dedicated member of the Monash University Cheer and Dance club, she spent 2017 on two teams which both came second in Australia for their division and has made it on to the committee for 2018. She loves over involving herself and is very excited to meet and get to know all of the residents in 2018!
Adye Douglas - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Adye is a third year Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Finance student; majoring in finance and econometrics, with minors in accounting and business analysis. Originally from Hobart, Tasmania, Adye moved to Melbourne in 2016 to commence his studies at Monash. Outside his academic pursuits, Adye is a big sports fan, particularly basketball and snowboarding. His other hobbies include playing the saxophone poorly, and video games. As a first time RA in 2018, Adye is eager to make a positive difference, both in Jackomos and the wider MRS community!
Amanda Er - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Amanda moved to Melbourne from sunny Singapore in 2015, and has been a resident at Jackomos ever since. Currently in her Honours year of a Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging, she enjoys baking and honing her designing and photography skills in her free time!
Always keen for new adventures and exploring out of her comfort zone, Amanda has travelled solo to Ireland, ran a 10K in Singapore, skydived in New Zealand and sledded down the snowy Swiss Alps. She delights in meeting people from all walks of life, and looks forward to her second year of serving the residential community in 2018!
Thisun Gunasena - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
A 3rd year biomedical science student studying at the Clayton Campus of Monash. Thisun was born in Sri Lanka, but moved over to Australia when he was 6 and has been living here ever since. He is really enthusiastic about food, music, film, photography, futsal, and making new friends. A random fact about Thisun: he considers himself a chicken and avocado sandwich connoisseur and would gladly live on them for the rest his life. He looks forward to sharing his experiences with all of you who will be a part of the Jackomos community in 2018. Feel free to talk to him about all things weird, exciting, and quirky; Thisun would be more than happy to have a chat! He can't wait to meet all of you soon.
William Hitchcock - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Will has been at Jacko for 3 years now, and loves it because he's too lazy for the 40 minute commute from home, which means he's a local guy, so can fill you in on all sorts of hidden gems around Melbourne.
Will is studying a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts majoring in German, and his dream is to work in Germany once he graduates. In his spare time, Will enjoys snorkelling, going to music gigs, playing video games and drinking tea.
Hamish Jenkins - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Hamish is going into his third year of communication design and living at Jackomos Hall. He moved from Mildura in North West Victoria to pursue further studies. His interests include design, music and reading, as well as taking part in sporting activities like netball and basketball. He aims to help create a supportive and inclusive community at the hall.
Christine Ng - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Born in Singapore, Christine moved to Melbourne in 2014 to pursue a degree in law.
Outside of university, Christine is an avid foodie. She is always thinking about food (especially desserts), keeping abreast of food trends and looking for something new or exciting. Christine also loves the sea and dreams of living on the coast someday.
Maya Norfolk - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Maya moved to Jackomos in summer of 2016 after realising the commute from Geelong was just a little unreasonable. Currently a third year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in psychology, Maya has prospects of going onto honours and further completing a postgraduate degree in psychological studies.
If she isn’t at a local sports event, Maya will be in her room reading or binge watching Stranger Things episodes on Netflix. Aside from this, her hobbies include travelling, playing with dogs, cooking and photography. Maya is looking forward to meeting the new residents of Jackomos for 2018 and can't wait to integrate them into the affable Jackomos community.
Meg Randolph - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Meg is a postgraduate criminology student who is working within the field of border criminology, specifically looking at the movement of refugees and migrants across international borders. Having moved to Melbourne in 2017 to pursue criminology, this is her first year at being an RA. Although new to Jackomos, she is looking forward to an amazing year working with a fantastic team and meeting new people.
Harsh Singh - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Harsh is currently in his second year of a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in mechanical engineering. Originally from Patna, capital city of Bihar, India. Harsh came to Australia in July 2016, as a part of a mid-year intake. It was his first time travelling to a new country and a continent at the same time, was a great experience. In his free time, he loves playing video games, enjoys cooking and watching movies. Harsh is really looking forward to meeting new people and helping them get along with other residents. He’ll always be there to lend a helping hand to ensure they have a quality time while living at Jackomos.
Daniёl van Tubbergh - Resident Advisor, Jackomos Hall
Daniёl (pronounced Darn-iel) is a new RA in the Jackomos community having previously spent 2 years at Deakin Hall. He lived in South-Africa for the first 10 years of his life and in the small country town of Echuca for the last 10 years. He is currently in his third year of a double degree in commerce and engineering, specialising in materials engineering and statistics. He loves cooking and watching sports, mainly cricket and football. He looks forward to contributing to the Jackomos community in a positive way and getting to meet everyone in the community.