Where are they now - Tiernan Somers (SPC 2012-17)
author: Lorrie Liston
We catch up with another Class of 2017 student Tiernan Somers (SPC 2012-17) who has returned as a new staff member in the Mission team this year as the Faith in Action Trainee. Tiernan (SPC 2012-17) tells us more about himself and some of his favourite memories from his student days at St Patrick’s.
Favourite hobbies: Sport, spending time with friends, singing
Favourite food: Lentil chips
Favourite sporting team(s): Richmond Tigers and Chelsea Football Club
Favourite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Favourite movie: Moulin Rouge
Favourite travel destination: Ireland
If I could be anyone for the day, I would be…. Johnny Depp
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC and what is your role at the College now?
Since leaving SPC I have remained in Ballarat, maintaining strong friendships with members of my cohort who I catch up with regularly, often leading to conversations about our experiences at the College: both good and bad!
Currently, I am a member of the St Patrick’s College Staff as the ‘Faith in Action Trainee', a new position which assists the Mission Team in facilitating Social Justice activities both internally and externally.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?
Following this year, I will be attending the University of Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts. From there, I hope to attain a degree in Law and eventually proceed into the field of Human Rights.
What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
Indubitably my most treasured memories at SPC are those I have with my friends. Particularly, playing soccer at lunchtime on the Jo Walter Field, a seemingly harmless occasion which evolved into an overly-competitive battle of grit and determination to be victorious when the final bell went at the end of the session.
Did you have a nickname at school?
I never imagined I would receive a sobriquet given the uniqueness of my name. However, in a way that only Paddy Boys know how, I left the College with several nicknames including: T, Tree, and most commonly, Nan.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
I have no doubt in my mind that Art Nichols was the most influential teacher I had in my years at the College. He is the one who introduced me to Social Justice and his indefatigable passion for the movement along with his unwavering calmness inspired me to be a better man.
How has your time at SPC shaped your professional life and personal values?
Professionally, St Patrick’s College has instilled in me the values of respect, compassion, comradery, honesty and integrity; all qualities which have allowed me to maintain proper etiquette in the workplace leading to the development of genuine relationships with fellow staff members. Through my many experiences with teachers and others alike I learned to uphold these values always, ensuring that I treat all people with the dignity that they deserve.
What do you hope to impart on students as an Old Collegian returning as a staff member?
Whilst I cannot offer students the same wisdom that their teachers can, I hope to be able to provide boys with a relatable figure they can approach and speak to when they have questions or need advice. As their contemporary, I feel I can be a more informal source of information and a valuable guide to making the most out of their time at SPC.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
As previously alluded to, I implore all students to participate in as much as they can at the College. Be involved in sport, the arts, social justice and always be welcome to trying new activities: your time at the College will go quicker than you want it to so make the most of it while you’re there. And above all else, always be there for your mates; even when they don’t want you to be.