Jeremy loves running. He’s done two ultramarathons and can’t wait to do more. One day, Jeremy decided to do a 5k race down in Williamstown. The race started at 8am on a Sunday, which presented a problem: Jeremy didn’t drive. The earliest train Jeremy could get would arrive at Williamstown at 9:00 AM. Lacking a better option, Jeremy got up at 4AM and rode his bike 50km to the startline. Needless to say, he didn’t have a good race and muttered and grumbled about how much faster he would have run if he’d driven to the startline.
And in that moment, CocoRide was born.
Stephanie Wang: Team Coordinator
Hi everyone! I’m Stephanie, the Team Coordinator at CocoRide. I am currently in my 3rd year at Melbourne Uni, studying Commerce. As well as doing this internship this summer, I am also busy preparing for the LSAT so I can get into postgraduate law at Melbourne Uni next year.
A more interesting fact about me is that I want to try as many sports as I can. Over the years I have tried ballet, swimming, played tennis, table tennis, badminton, volleyball and running. Next on my list is rock climbing and running the 1000 steps. As you can tell I am keen about sports but at the same time, like any other girl, I love shopping and watching Korean dramas.
Roneil Kintanar: Director of Public Relations
Roneil is like a pendulum: always swinging back and forth. Having Filipino ancestry, he was born in New Zealand and after several years moved over to Australia in 1999. He then decided to swing back to New Zealand in 2006 but figured he would emulate a boomerang and came back to Australia in 2011 (this time he is here to stay…probably). Throughout his adventures travelling back and forth he has been mistaken for an American, Chinese, Maori and South African, which have led to some amusing situations, with one highlight being his high school English teacher assuming he was a US exchange student because of his funny accent, despite the fact that she had known him for over a year.
Besides his colourful background Roneil is a mad keen runner and public speaker. He relishes in the chance in talk and move, always seizing the chance to speak his mind. He is currently in his first year in University of Melbourne and is studying Bachelor of Commerce (therefore proudly upholding the Asian stereotype). He joins the team at CocoRide to learn the utterly awesome art of entrepreneurship…as well as learning about running events to check out!
Pauline: Legal Eagle
I’m Pauline and as my work colleagues have nicknamed me, I’m the ‘Legal Eagle’ of Cocoride!
A little background information! I’m a student about to enter my second year in my BComm/LLB at Monash University! I am of Indonesian and Chinese decent and my hobbies include watching old movies, oil painting, reading and going through old songs! What can I say? I was born in the wrong era! I’m a big family person and I’ve always been quite a deep thinker ever since I was a kid, often wondering, what do I want out of this life? Most say that they want to be happy. Question is, what does this require? I say, we will be happy with our life when we live a fulfilling life – the passion and courage to experience new things and to push ourselves beyond our current ‘limits’. This is the way I try to live my life each day!
I feel so fortunate to be placed in a position of responsibility by being assigned to work on the legal liability issues and concerns in ride-sharing for Cocoride! We have planned for a number of tasks to be completed through the Summer and ultimately, we hope to be able to publish a Legal Research Paper summarising these legal liability concerns by March 2012.
Like the rest, I will be regularly posting here to update you all with what I’ve been working on, my progress and my thoughts regarding this unique Summer program! Tune in folks!
Andy Bui: Finance Manager
I am currently a 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce student at Monash University. I joined this internship to get valuable finance experience but at the same time I like to make a difference in the lives of others. Climate change is an important issue and by working on ridesharing for this internship, I believe I am contributing to help combat climate change.
Outside of work and academic studies, I like to engage myself in a lot extracurricular activities. At the moment, I am on four other committees and student organisations at university. That’s a very busy schedule! However as part of this internship, the Make a Change program has allowed me to improve my time management skills and productivity.
An interesting fact about me is that I used to have a big dream of competing in the Olympics for table tennis… Life certainly would have certainly been different had I followed that path…