Where are they now - Carl Smith (SPC 2008-11)
author: Lorrie Liston
The College has recently reconnected with Carl Smith (SPC 2008-11) who is currently combining his work at Federation University with work in SPC’s Kelty Resource Centre during Term 1, 2019. Carl has many special memories of his time as a student at St Patrick’s and is enjoying seeing many familiar faces!
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
Since graduating in 2011, I have gone on to complete my Bachelor of Arts at Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management at RMIT University. While studying, I was also working and volunteering at a number of museums and galleries including the Melbourne Museum, Sovereign Hill and the Ballarat Art Gallery. I currently work at Federation University as a Library Services Supervisor and I am planning to get married in October to my wonderful partner of nine years.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
Geoff Brodie had a great impact on me during my time at St Patrick’s as my homeroom teacher for three years, as well as being my teacher for Legal Studies and Economics. He encouraged me to strive for my best in everything I did and do all I can to be the person I ought to be. While I did not take Religion and Society as a subject much to his chagrin, his emphasis on spiritual understanding in every class he taught allowed me to see that faith has its place in every part of our lives.
How has your education shaped your professional life?
The school's focus on pastoral care and social justice has significantly shaped my professional life. In my current management role, I do my upmost to motivate and support colleagues to achieve their best by fostering a compassionate and inclusive environment.
How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?
Personally, St Patrick’s is a very special place for me and is in many ways responsible for who I am today. The school developed my spiritual sense of self and gave me an outlet to make a positive difference in the community through programs such as tutoring at the Edmund Rice Centre. I continue to hold these values with me today, supporting people in need of advice, and maintaining close connection with my family. I am thankful for my time at St Patrick’s and feel privileged for the experience.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
Appreciate the opportunities this great school has to offer and have the courage to follow your own path.