Trinity’s Class of 2017 are dispersed near and far. Having completed the HSC or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2017, some have remained close to home, like Aruren Ravichandran, who is studying a double degree in Commerce and Law at the University of Sydney, or Ronak Nand, a Dalyell Scholar completing a Bachelor of Commerce/Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney’s Business School.
Some have gone interstate, such as Elliot Ho, who commenced a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, or Martin Floro who is now in Queensland and was NSW’s only recipient of the prestigious Bond University Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship. Martin receives full tuition for his double degree programme and has been invited to participate in the Vice Chancellor’s mentoring programme.
Others have gone overseas to some of the best schools in their field in the world. With his stellar academic results, football career and leadership skills, Will Todd received a four-year scholarship to Ivy League College, Columbia University in New York City. Brian Kim was offered a position at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris to study flute, an Australian first.
We caught up with some of Trinity’s 2017 leavers to see where they are now and what they are up to.
Brian spent the first half of the year doing a semester of combined laws at the University of Sydney, before becoming a laureate of the Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant and flying to Paris to study. This grant given by the French Embassy in Australia paid for his flight, visa costs and social security fees, which helped with his arrival in France.
Brian competed against 120 other hopefuls to secure one of only four places at the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. “I am proud to have represented Australia and our music, and to be the first Australian to be accepted by Europe’s best school for flute,” said Brian.
“I’m doing quite a few classes which include history, musical training, analysis, French and sight reading. On top of this are the weekly lessons with my professors. They are absolutely amazing teachers and I am learning so much about the different ways of approaching music. It’s really great to get an insight into the modern French school of flute teaching,” Brian said.
Since graduating school with an IB Diploma, Brian has had to become comfortable with independent learning. “Lecturers and tutors at university will not hold your hand and walk you through it all,” he said. “A lot of self-commitment and patience is required.”
Asked if he has any advice for the current Year 12 cohort, Brian said, “At university, the skills and even the content you gain from high school is so helpful both directly and indirectly to the course material, so what you do now, counts.”
Ronak is currently enrolled at the University of Sydney’s Business School, completing a Bachelor of Commerce/Advanced Studies, as a Dalyell Scholar. Living at St Paul’s College, Australia’s oldest college, he receives excellent tutoring and mentoring provision, which has made the transition from school to university very smooth.
Ronak is cherishing his time in the College and University, being surrounded by gifted and talented students and the opportunity to interact and learn from them. He has good lecturers and tutors and appreciates the intellectual rigour. A challenge has been working hard to prioritise competing deadlines and attending all his lectures and tutorials. His advice to current students is to study hard and consistently.
Elliot is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, with hopes of completing a post-graduate Medicine Degree. For Elliot, university is a very different experience to school in that there is more free time and flexibility, but it requires much more dedication.
Elliot tells us the most enjoyable part of university, “is being in such a welcoming and respectful community that allows students to rediscover themselves and their interests.”
To help with the transition to university, Elliot encourages current students to be selective in their interests and pursuits at university. “With so many courses, clubs and societies and the greater university community, there are many things that can demand your attention. Be involved, especially in first year, but remember to be wise in your commitments or it can be easy to be caught up in too many extracurricular activities.”
Alumni can make a big difference to a school community. They bring a wealth of experience and skills to share with current students. Study+ is an extended hours study programme designed to complement the Trinity experience. It offers students the opportunity to share a meal and access academic mentoring from Trinity Alumni under the supervision of Library and teaching staff. Students meet for dinner allowing them to mix socially, before moving to the Arthur Holt Library for a two-hour study session. The academic mentoring provided by Old Boys includes subject specific support and general homework tutoring, as well as guidance in developing effective time management and study skills.
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