Simi grew up in Melbourne’s south-east and initially planned to become a professional soccer player.
Simi completed a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at RMIT University in 2018, where she minored in Cinema Studies. She is currently studying a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at The University of Melbourne.
In 2017, Simi completed a semester abroad, where she studied International Journalism and World Politics at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark.
Simi was part of the Editorial Committee at RMIT Catalyst magazine and was a regular contributor for a satirical column, titled ‘Conundrums with Simsational’ in the print magazine.
In February 2018, Simi interned at ABC News Breakfast in Melbourne. In March, she commuted to Sydney to intern at SBS The Feed on SBS VICELAND, where she learnt skills from some of her favourite journalists and reporters. In May, she interned for two weeks at SBS World News Radio in Melbourne. She spent the last two weeks of her university break in July as an intern in the ABC Newsroom in Southbank.
Simi has a strong interest in investigative journalism and longform journalism.
Writing aside, special interests include musical theatre, memes, being controversial on twitter and watching films up until the end credits when the staff are eagerly waiting to clean the cinema. She is a vehement Liverpool FC, Richmond FC and Socceroo supporter.
Simi is interested in animal welfare and enjoys spending time with her kelpie x staffy, Shanti, as well as her blue heeler x border collie niece, Nellie.
Simi spent the majority of 2018 trying to decide whether she wanted to be known as her birth name or the name coined by her kindergarten teacher. After four internships as Simone, she decided she may as well be known for a name she would verbally respond to in real life.
Simi decided to return to the wonderful world of academia in March 2020, to study a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at The University of Melbourne.