Mari Andrew On Growing Up

This event is now sold out. Mari Andrew will also be joining The School of Life for an exclusive and intimate workshop, Turning Your Pain into Art, on Saturday 30 June for which there are still tickets available. For details and to book, please visit the event page here.

Writer, illustrator and creator of the wildly popular Instagram account, New Yorker Mari Andrew shares how resilience and a sense of humour can help us survive the tumultuous journey to adulthood. 

Our late teens and twenties are testing times that promise to define the rest of our lives. Dealing with the pressures of becoming an adult, finding the right career and falling in love can leave us feeling overwhelmed, lost, isolated and unfulfilled. It doesn’t help that the world is changing so quickly that most of the old rules about work and relationships no longer seem to apply.

Where might we look for guidance along this often bewildering path to adulthood? How can we learn to find the courage and resilience to leave the map behind and wander off the beaten track? Most importantly, how do we go about answering the single most urgent question of our youth: ‘What exactly should I be doing with my life?’ 

This June, Mari Andrew will join The School of Life for a series of exclusive events on her first visit to Australia. 

Mari will share six guiding themes that have helped her navigate her journey to adulthood. Drawing on works from her recently released debut first book, Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood, Andrew will explore how qualities like resilience, isolation, empathy, authenticity, discovery and healing can act as a compass throughout our formative years and help us develop a healthier and balanced perspective on life.


6.30pm            Doors Open
7.00pm            Welcome & Introduction
7.05pm            Mari Andrew In Conversation On Growing Up 
8.00pm            Audience Q&A
8.30pm            Event Concludes 
8.40pm            Book Sales & Signing 

Please note, tickets for this event have now sold out but you can add your name to the waitlist by clicking the Buy Now link below.

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'Looking back, it's clear the the loops, zigzags, stops and detours didn't take me off course; they pushed me forward.'
– Mari Andrew


Mari Andrew is a writer and illustrator from Seattle, currently living in New York City. On her wildly-popular Instagram account Mari's illustrations explore the comfortingly-relatable and comical complexities of everyday life.

Her debut book Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood has just been released, cementing her status as the witty and warm older sister, the wise best friend and confidante we all wished we had growing up through our late teens and twenties. Through Am I There Yet?, Mari helps us to feel less alone as we make sense of the tumultuous journey to adulthood.

Mari's writing and illustrations have appeared in Paste and HelloGiggles.


Polita Cameron is the Program Producer at The School of Life Sydney. Polita comes from the performing arts world, having trained as an actor & musician, and has an ingrained love of storytelling and the exploration of human nature.


Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.

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Mari Andrew On Growing Up


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When and where:
  • Thu 28 Jun 2018 7 – 8.30pm
    Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre, Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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Full price: $40.00
Concession: $30.00
(all tickets incur a $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee


This event will include Auslan interpretation.

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original session date.

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