I come from a small, rural Victorian town and a relatively modest upbringing. My family went overseas for the first time in 2011 and saw the cultures of Europe and the Middle East. This experience opened my eyes to a million possibilities, all previously unfathomable. While for many well-off families travel is the norm, this was a rare experience for a farm boy.
Later, while working at a BP Service Station, a customer told me that I “would make a good politician”. I don’t necessarily want to go into politics, but the sentiment caused my mind to wander.
Moving to Ormond College and studying at the University of Melbourne have further pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and aided in the development of my view on life.
These experiences have helped to colour the course of my life, as a range of experiences have helped colour yours.
Now I study Arts, and being exposed to vicious memes has made me anxious about my career trajectory.
Without these experiences, who knows where I would be; would I have ever gone to university, or would I have stayed to work on my family’s farm?
Why do I have so much to say on this very, very vague concept? Well, ‘vague concepts’ are a common theme of Arts degrees.
I’m also the young-person-in-charge of Rural Inspire’s development, where we’re showcasing rural success stories in order to encourage young people to get thinking. I think I would hope to at least pretend to know the importance of exposure.
Basically, exposure is crucial. It will help you answer the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’, and it can’t hurt for you to analyse your life’s path so that you can understand how, and why, you are who you are.