Meet Milly & Matt
There is no better time to be a student at Damascus College. Here we have fantastic teaching staff, a dedicated Principal, and a wonderful admin team who keep the school running like clockwork. Our landscape is filled with native wildlife, our science and music classrooms are being upgraded, and the Drama department is about to launch our famous ‘Final Hours’ production!
It is certainly shaping up to be a GREAT year and I am enjoying every possible minute of it during my final year of studies.
My name is Milly Frost and this is my story (so far…)
Up until about Grade 5, I was not really inspired to learn. Despite completing endless homework sheets and reading books, it seemed like there was no purpose to the whole school experience. I also felt like I didn’t fit into any social groups neatly enough to relax and just enjoy each day of school. By the end of that year, after comparing myself to all of my peers, I realised that I needed to answer a couple of simple questions: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I want to achieve?’
Fast forward nearly eight years later and those two questions have really helped shape my life. I am working hard in my VCE studies and I have received several academic awards over the past five years, represented the College at the National Youth Leaders Day Conference, been a peer mentor, served on the SRC, been fortunate enough to have performed in five school productions, including the Easter story of ‘The Final Hours’, and am now proud to have been elected to the position of School Captain.
None of these achievements have come easily, though, as I have not slacked off or accepted anything less than the best I can do. I have realised that education is a privilege and not a right, that I am lucky enough to have opportunities to better myself, and that with hard work and perseverance, I can achieve great things.
It is rare for an individual to be naturally gifted in all fields of academics, sport and the arts, and I am no exception! What I lack in the speediness of Usain Bolt or the fierce fitness of Serena Williams, I make up for with a ‘giving it a go’ attitude, participating in every swimming and athletics carnival, ball sports day and lap of the lake. I even tried my hand at tennis by joining the afterschool girls’ team in Years 7 and 8.
Mostly, though, I am a creative soul with a passion for the performing arts. Alongside my heavy academic workload, drama and theatre allow me to have a creative outlet, a space where I can forget numbers and chemical equations and, rather, discover less tangible things, like diversity, compassion, imagination, honesty and trust. Through drama, I can try to understand what it means to be human and how I can contribute to better humanity.
With my final year of school comes even greater personal insight. I have discovered not to lose sight of the small things, the everyday helpful things that contribute to personal growth and change. I remember being a keen Year 7 student ready to knock everything off my school bucket-list and figure out the answer to life, the universe and everything (for those watching at home the answer is 42). What I realised is that this development cannot be rushed, in fact, it should be nurtured with time so that you can properly discover your passions, values, beliefs and skills.
My dream career goal is to move into the field of Medicine, hopefully becoming a doctor, someday in the future. After a year of dedicated school work, I hope to be accepted into a Bachelor of Science or Biomedicine undergraduate degree so I can begin my tertiary education journey. Along with university study, I hope to expand my horizons and knowledge of the world by travelling and deepening my cultural awareness. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have at Damascus under the guidance of a wonderful principal, the dedicated teaching staff and the greater school community, and look forward to the year ahead.
My name is Matt and I am one of your College Captains in 2019. I am 17 years old and was born here in Ballarat. My older sister, Sarah, also attended Damascus and graduated in the class of 2017.
Being elected the College Captain last year has had a big impact on my life, and I am now enjoying my new role this year. I have always viewed the role of School Captain as a great privilege that only a few get to experience, and also one that comes with many responsibilities and hard work. To me, the College Captain is someone that represents their school with pride and dignity and tries to encapsulate the values of Damascus in everything they do. I strive to take up presented opportunities and be someone who tries their best, in everything I do.
I am feeling very excited about the year ahead, and looking forward to getting involved in everything I can in my last year of high school. In particular, I am very happy to be part of the SRC for my third time here at Damascus, to lead my peers with pride in assemblies, Damascus Day and the final year 12 ceremonies.
The past five years at the College have flashed by, and it is difficult to recall all of the many positive memories I have had here. Some standouts include snow trips each year and the Year 12 retreat. My trip to the County Court, Parliament House for the Deakin Oration and my participation in a Model United Nations were also highlights over the past years. While excursions have always been exciting activities, some of my fondest memories have been simply reading my texts dramatically, as a class, in literature, spending time with my friends every day and discussing interesting legal cases in class.
I keep busy with a part-time job at Cold Rock and my hobbies include playing guitar (poorly), badminton, snowboarding and reading. I enjoy following politics, diplomacy and world events, including the humanitarian and environmental issues of the day. When I leave school, I intend to go to university and pursue a career in these areas.
At this point in time, what I enjoy most about my time at school is my relationship with my teachers, my role as college captain and studying subjects that I really enjoy, like literature, history and legal studies.
Damascus has suited me and allowed me to grow. I started my journey at Damascus a very different person, and through the environment that was provided, I have been able to develop into the person I am today. My older sister and I have always been encouraged to take up all opportunities available and the college has offered many of these, which we have both enjoyed. I encourage students in year 7 to push themselves, try new things, maybe join a new club and just do something that is out of their comfort zone.