Ralph Chadkirk (OF 2007-10) very kindly offered to go first
Who are you, when were you at Frensham, and what are you doing now?
My name is Ralph, I’m 24 and I was at Frensham from 2007 to 2010. I’m currently working for the London Ambulance Service as a Clinical Team Leader, Duty Supervisor and Operational Commander.
What is your earliest memory of arriving at Frensham?
I remember going to my tutor group on my first day after everyone else had already got there. I’m still friends with some of the people I happened to sit next to now.
Which book changed your life?
I don’t know whether a book has ever changed my life, but one of the most memorable books is A Time For Machetes by Jean Hatzfield, who interviewed those who committed genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and how ‘normal’ people became involved in such a brutal event.
What is your phone wallpaper?
It’s currently of a lovely beach side bar in Bahia Solano, Colombia where I spent a few hours a couple of years ago.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
A Saturday job cleaning a bakery. I still have scars on my fingers from the sharp scrapers needed to get the dried bread dough off the mixers.
What was your greatest adventure?
There are a couple of contenders, but the greatest adventure I’ve had was probably visiting North Korea at the end of August 2017. The night before we entered North Korea (via Beijing), I was sitting in a bar in Seoul with two other friends hearing about the latest missile launch and how US/NK relations were at their worst. We were wondering whether it was a good idea to go or not while reading the small print on our travel insurance. It turned out to be fine, and I would even consider going back!
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I’d like to say sorry to anyone who has ever lent me a book. I’ve probably still got it.
Name three things that Frensham taught you (that is still useful today)?
Resilience, curiosity and compassion.