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Meet Declan Drake – 2017 St Andrew’s Scholar

January 23, 2017

The St Andrew’s Scholars are exceptional young men and women who thrive academically, are engaged in life and have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to our College and, in the future, the broader community.

Declan Drake is one of our St Andrew’s Scholars in 2017. Below he discusses his past achievements and what he is most looking forward to in his time at College.

What degree are you studying?
Combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
Representing the views of young people in NSW as a member of the NSW Youth Advisory Council has not only been my greatest achievement, but has also led to a greater understanding of the issues facing young people in NSW. As a member I have had the opportunity to provide feedback to the Advocate for Children and Young People, the Minister and various other government departments, on policy effecting young people in NSW. I have been honoured to be a member of this council, and I value an opportunity for young people to be involved in decisions made that will ultimately affect them.

What does being an inaugural St Andrew’s Scholar mean to you?
For me, being a St Andrew’s Scholar means getting involved in a wide range of activities both in college and University life. It goes beyond being studious and means making positive contributions to St Andrew’s, the University and the community. It gives me the opportunity to move to Sydney and to become a part of a new, friendly and supportive community.

What are you most excited for at St Andrew’s College?
I am most excited to meet with a diverse range of incredible young men and women and to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Furthermore, St Andrew’s will allow me to transition toward independence, without being completely thrown in the deep end, which is definitely an exciting prospect.

Based on your interests and skills, in which areas of College life do you believe you’ll make the most significant contributions?
Being new to college life I realise I will be facing lots of new opportunities. One I’m most interested in is mixing with a diverse range of people and, based on my skills and interests, I’m looking forward to contributing to college life in social, cultural and sporting areas.

What advice would you give to future St Andrew’s Scholars Program applicants?
I think the most important thing is to value every opportunity, even the unexpected, and to make the most of these. I think whilst academia is important, your life is enriched by opportunities separate to this. I also think it is important to not be a part of a crowd, you need to step up and out and walk the road not taken.

The St Andrew’s Scholars program is seeking young people with the capacity and commitment to realise their potential to become leaders in the university, the nation and the world. The College will provide students of outstanding abilities with a residential environment that enhances their university experience, providing them with opportunities to extend their talents and interests and to develop lives of meaning.

The scholarships will provide full free relief and will be awarded for the duration of each student’s undergraduate degree, whilst they live in St Andrew’s.

Applications for the 2018 intake open in April. Visit St Andrew’s Scholars Program for more information as it becomes available.

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