Nicholas Lester (M'21)
Nicholas, from Glen Iris in Melbourne’s south-east, joined the School at Toorak Campus in Prep. “As someone who is a product of the complete GGS experience from Toorak (onwards), I can say that I am immensely grateful for the environment which GGS has provided, and for the great guidance of excellent teachers and mentors especially in Year 12,” Nicholas said, reflecting on his Geelong Grammar experience. That guidance assisted Nicholas in achieving a score he is immensely proud of. “I have always had (lofty) aspirations academically, having always enjoyed my studies and learning in general. I knew for a while that shooting for a top score was within my grasp and something that would give me genuine fulfillment in my education journey.”
The sense of community at Corio Campus is what Nicholas will remember most fondly as he moves onto the next stage of life. “There is something special about living on campus, about seeing peers every day,” he said. “This was particularly evident to me in my final weeks at school where I studied in the library. This is something that has not only allowed me to meet my closest friends, but I believe it also has bestowed upon me a genuine love of school life, daily optimism, and a desire to do well.”
He was heavily involved in school life, captaining the Boys’ 1st Tennis team in addition to representing the School in debating, hockey and public speaking. “While from the outside I may have seemed busy, to me I was just doing what I enjoyed. I believe this was essential to my success – I chose things to do which I was passionate about, and I believe that if we all strive to do this, no matter what those activities are, we will be granted success.”
Nicholas hopes to study Mathematics at The University of Melbourne.