Where are they now - Ollie Nash (SPC 2011-16)
author: Lorrie Liston
The College reconnects with Ollie Nash (SPC 2011-16) who is studying sport journalism and working with a film production company in his spare time. Ollie says the beginning and end of his schooling career at SPC were among his fondest memories.
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
Since graduating from SPC I have moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Media and Communication – Sport Journalism at La Trobe University, living on residence and in a share house. I have started working with Dickson Films and I am really enjoying living in a new place and meeting some new people.
What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
The beginning and the end were probably my fondest memories from my time at St Pats. The nerves that were associated with starting in Year 7, all the people I met and the traditions of SPC I was taught were great experiences for me. Then Year 12 was just a great year, with all the carry on for Boat Race, the Herald Sun Shield on the MCG, muck up day etc, was a great way to celebrate an awesome six years at the College.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
All of my teachers throughout Year 12 had a great impact on me, just because of their open door policy and willingness to assist me in their spare time for any questions I had, which I really appreciated. I think Elizabeth Ryan was also a great role model for me, firstly because of her great help throughout Year 12. But also because she understood how to have a great balance between working hard and having a social/family life, and knew how teenage boys should be approaching these things. It was great to learn these things off her. Howard Clark was another, just providing an inspirational example of how to take everything in your stride and help others as much as possible.
How has your education shaped your professional life?
My education has really assisted my professional life. The relationships that I created with people at St Patrick's I think has been the best thing for me. The respect between teachers and students and between my mates and I whilst at school has meant that meeting new people and creating good working relationships hasn’t been anything new for me. This makes studying a lot smoother and meeting people through work a lot easier also.
How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?
SPC was massive in shaping my personal values and my family life. I think the greatest thing St Patrick's taught me was to be loyal and committed. Whether that be through committing to a team like the First 18, rowing or basketball, or putting my head down and getting study done when I needed to. Like I am to my mates from school, I am also loyal to my family and am thankful for everything they have and continue to do for me. St Patrick's was great in teaching respect and being thankful for those around you.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
Enjoy every moment you get with your mates. It’s not until you leave high school that you realise how fun it was to hang out with your mates all day long, and sometimes how hard it is to see everyone again once everyone moves away to do their own thing. The schoolwork may seem hard and stressful but it’s a great time in your lives so enjoy every moment.