Growing up in regional NSW, Harris Mitter didn't even know what a college was before he came to Trinity, saying he couldn't believe such places existed.
Where did you grow up?
Perth and Wagga Wagga
What high school did you go to?
Mater Dei Catholic College, Wagga Wagga, NSW
What year did you start at Trinity College?
What made you choose Trinity?
I was introduced to Trinity by a family friend and had a tour of the college. I could not believe a place like Trinity existed and was really excited to put in an application, even though I thought my chances were slim.
What are you studying at university?
Bachelor of Science, Mechatronics Engineering Systems
What made you choose this field of study?
I really enjoy maths and knew I wanted to study engineering. After studying design and technology in year 11 and attending the engineering camp program ‘Build a Bridge’, I developed a real interest in this area.
At high school, did you know you wanted to go to college while at uni?
No. Having spent most of my younger years in regional NSW, I had no idea colleges existed until I was invited to go on a tour of Trinity in 2018.
How would you describe the residential community at Trinity?
It really is so hard to put into words the feeling my parents and I had when we first walked through the gate at Trinity, none of us had ever had the opportunity to attend such a beautiful place. The feeling was magical. Then to meet so many wonderful people, all like-minded – with goals, hopes and ambitions, and happiness – was great.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about college life?
The great thing about college life is that you are always surrounded by people. There are always events on, always something to do. You will never get bored, and if you think life is getting too busy, you can always choose what to get involved with and what not to. You really have freedom of choice.
Are you or have you been involved in any sports teams, committees or societies?
I am involved in a few of the sports teams such as hockey and rugby. I also play football for the University Blues. I am a member of the Billiards Society, Beer Budlay and the Cooking and Dining Society too.
Have you done anything at Trinity that you’d never tried before?
Yes, playing rugby union. We had a one-off game against another University of Melbourne college, Ormond.
Do you think living on campus has enriched your university experience?
My first two years of university were COVID affected, causing the university to close, so I spent more time at Trinity than I probably would have normally. Even under these difficult circumstances, Trinity was a great place to be. There was a sense of unity in what we were going through together and we still enjoyed a great social life albeit in our corridors. If I had not been at Trinity during this time, I am not sure I would be where I am today in respect to my university journey.
Is there anything you have learned from your college experience that you don’t think you would have learned anywhere else?
Living with a wide variety people from around the world.
What is your favourite high school memory?
I was fortunate at school to have Ms Nolan for maths and she was able to instil a love of maths in me, which had a massive influence on me choosing a career in engineering and mechatronics. Also, our year 12 retreat was a great week away with friends and teachers, where I was able to establish friendships that I hope last a lifetime.
Is there anything you learnt at high school that has set you up well for uni life?
I believe that regular public speaking in high school set me up well, and developing a study guide. I also had a really passionate maths teacher (Ms Nolan) who gave me the belief that I could really excel in maths. This really motivated me and I love maths.
What has your experience at university been like so far?
Despite being COVID affected, my experience has been great. I have enjoyed learning to live away from home and exploring life in Melbourne. Making new friends is really cool.
What advice would you give to students in their final year of high school when it comes to deciding what to do next year?
Have a goal and research your university options because there are many options out there for regional kids if you take the time to look.
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