Ned Harrison shares his experience of college life and talks about the uncertainty he faced when trying to work out what to study at uni.
I grew up in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn.
Scotch College, Melbourne
I have had some family that have been through Trinity – my dad and sister – as well as many friends. The general and overwhelming response to their time at Trinity were all great experiences that you would struggle to achieve anywhere else, as well as genuine amounts of fun.
I was very unsure about the course and field of work I desired to be in (still am in all honesty), yet through talking to past students I found agriculture to sound broad with the work and jobs that come out of the degree.
The greatest appeal was that the majority of the jobs I heard people who had done agriculture are in now really have no correlation to the industry itself, which showcased to me that I’m not locked in to agriculture for the rest of my life and that this degree can perhaps take me anywhere.
I always wanted to be at a college when studying at university. Although at times I was unsure on where I wanted to study – applying for Canberra, New South Wales and Queensland universities – throughout these applications I would always apply for the respective colleges at these universities.
Trinity is a seriously welcoming place. The second you come through the gates you are overwhelmed by activities, committees, societies, clubs, and sporting teams that you can get involved in. It really is a place for everyone and anyone as there are so many options for so many different types of people. It’s just awesome.
The ability to live with who will soon become some of your closest friends is something I find so amazing and am very grateful for. I also find the sporting games and events amazing at Trinity and feel they are run far better than at any other college.
In my first year – with a very unpredictable sporting year due to COVID – I was lucky enough to be a part of the rugby, rowing and table tennis teams. Sport throughout my first year of college was one of my biggest highlights.
I feel my role as Jester (the college mascot) at the start of this year is something unique to Trinity that I feel I wouldn’t have been able to experience anywhere else. Being able to lead and helping to get 150 freshers to get to know each other was an awesome experience.
Being based on campus has vastly helped me with my university studies. Being able to study with friends in great study spaces – something you would not be able to achieve at home – has set me up to be in a better position for my academic studies.
My favourite high school memory would have to be the time I spent down in the rowing sheds throughout my final season of rowing. It was plagued with uncertainty due to COVID but, regardless, the memories I made will stick with me forever.
Academically, university is very different to school in the sense of independence. I feel I gained a great sense of independence in my study throughout year 12 as the online scene was very new to everyone, and you had to figure it out yourself – which is the case for a lot of things at university.
Throughout first year I struggled to get into it as all my classes were with people I had never met face-to-face, which made it difficult to form relationships with people. However, now being able to go on campus, it’s far more engaging.
If you are thinking about taking a break, I would completely support you as I wanted to do the same. However, I believe you must have a plan for your gap year as you don’t want to waste a year and not achieve something cool.
If you feel you want to get straight back into studies, I could not recommend college enough as there are so many things you can participate in and achieve here that just cannot be done anywhere else.
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