Clare Campitelli is an Optometrist at Duldig & Russo Optometry.
What led you to study at the University of Melbourne? I wanted to study Optometry. At the time that was the only Victorian Optometry degree on offer. I was attracted to the history and culture of Melbourne university and the Carlton location.
What are your strongest memories of your time at the University of Melbourne?
Fun and friendship - with some stress and hard work
What goals did you set yourself when you finished University and have you stuck to that plan?
My goal as an undergraduate was simply to graduate and begin a career path that would be personally and financially rewarding. I didn’t have firm goals - and I’m glad that I’ve had an open mind as the years have passed - there have been many changes to my industry. It helps to be adaptable.
What/who motivated you at University?
My lecturers and mentors, my peers, myself. I have a significant fear of failure - that’s a very big motivator for me.
What advice do you have for current students? Believe in yourself, and look after yourself. Physical and mental health are important. Be prepared to keep learning, keep and open mind, respect experience and listen to advice. Take opportunities.
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment since graduating?
That’s a difficult question. I’m most proud of the relationships I have, with my family, friends and colleagues. I’m very lucky. I co own an Optometry practice - I’m proud of that too, it’s not perfect but it’s always improving. I started a rock band a few years ago - I’m proud of that - it’s great fun!
What does being successful mean to you?
Having a great network of people around you. Having control over your life and future