The gift of education | College Vice Captain, Luca Gassman
This week, we are celebrating Catholic Education Week. At Tuesday morning mass, Father Mellor reflected on how he considers Catholic education a “gift.” At the Year 12 assembly, Mr Cuddihy noted that education, in any form, is indeed a gift. This is a sentiment that quickly resonated with me, particularly as my time in this particular educational institution rapidly nears its end.
As a young person in high school, you often hear “school is boring” or “what I’m learning is irrelevant". I know that, like many of my peers, the words of my mother “don’t take your schooling for granted", would wash over my seemingly deaf ears. However, as I’ve matured, I’ve come to learn how privileged we are in the Terrace community to have the opportunities in education which we do. Having been handed our QTAC application booklets this week, the abundance of opportunities that will stem from our time at Terrace have been reinforced, with 2715 courses on offer at The University of Queensland in 2022 alone.
Hence, I encourage my peers to acknowledge that knowledge is power, and with knowledge comes the ability to change the world. Each Terrace student – if utilising all his resources available – can change lives around him. If we look at human history, we see that education is key to supporting people on the margins, helping to give them voice and agency. I encourage my peers to strive to do this - to push themselves outside their comfort zone so that we can harness the gift of our education to better the lives of those around us.
Dare to go beyond with the education you are given everyday!